Here are the responses filed on December 8, 2020, by Vectren and the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) to the appeal filed by Solarize Indiana (SI) in the Indiana Court of Appeals on September 22, 2020.
From Vectren's Brief:
I. Standard of Review
II. The Commission correctly determined that Solarize’s
Objection, which alleged no particular violation of state or
federal law, did not comply with 170 I.A.C. 1-6-7, and raising
new arguments in the Reply was not permissible under the 30-
Day Filing Rule
A. Solarize’s Objection did not allege a specific PURPA
violation or other violation of “applicable law”
B. Solarize’s Reply, even if permissible under the 30-Day
Filing Rule, inappropriately raised new arguments,
which the Commission ultimately considered anyway
III. Solarize failed to exhaust available administrative remedies
IV. Neither the Annual Rate CSP Update nor the Net Generation
Contract violates PURPA and Solarize’s broad concerns are
better addressed in other proceedings
A. The Commission’s General Counsel correctly determined
Vectren’s Annual Rate CSP Update complied with 170
I.A.C. 4-4.1-1 et seq.
B. The Commission’s General Counsel correctly found
Solarize’s claims that the Net Generation Contract
violated PURPA were “without foundation”
Vectren’s Appellee’s Brief
Simply put, there is no reason for the same issues to be considered in multiple proceedings. If Solarize does not believe its arguments regarding these same PURPA issues will be appropriately or thoroughly considered in Vectren’s Rate EDG proceeding, it can initiate a complaint or investigation proceeding under Ind. Code §
8-1-2-34.5 or Ind. Code § 8-1-2-54. Given Solarize’s failure to exhaust available administrative remedies before the Commission, the multiple other regulatory avenues available to Solarize to seek Commission review and consideration of the very technical PURPA issues raised in its Reply, this Court should affirm the Commission’s lawful Order approving Vectren’s 30-day filings.
For all the foregoing reasons, the Commission’s Order should be affirmed.
43Y9448 - Vectren Brief of Appellee Download and read the brief.
I. Indiana’s implementation of PURPA has already been established
A. The standard of review requires the Court to defer to the Commission’s expertise and reasonable interpretation of its own rules
B. Rule 4.1 is the implementation of PURPA in Indiana
C. Solarize is seeking to force litigation regarding policy matters that have already been decided by the Indiana General Assembly
II. The Commission appropriately decided to reject the objections and approve Vectren’s filings
A. The objections did not comply with the 30-Day Filing Rule
B. Solarize’s PURPA arguments are factually and legally mistaken
For the foregoing reasons, the Court should affirm the Commission’s order.
43Y9288 - IURC Brief of Appellee (Solarize) FINAL Download and read the brief.
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