3 AAC 50.820 - Definitions

Current through April 6, 2022

Unless the context indicates otherwise, in 3 AAC 50.750 - 3 AAC 50.820

(1) "avoided costs" means the incremental costs to an electric utility of electric energy or capacity or both, which, but for the purchase from the qualifying facility or qualifying facilities, the utility would generate or purchase from another source;
(2) "back-up power" means electric power supplied by an electric utility during an unscheduled power outage of a facility to replace energy ordinarily generated by the facility's own generation equipment;
(3) "cogeneration" means the production of electric energy and forms of useful thermal energy (such as heat or steam), employed for industrial, commercial, heating, or cooling purposes, through the sequential use of energy;
(4) "detent meter" means a watt-hour meter which can turn in only a forward direction and which is used to measure the number of kilowatt-hours sold to a qualifying facility by an electric utility;
(5) "electric power" means electric energy or capacity, or both;
(6) "firm power" means electric power supplied to the electric utility in predetermined and reliable quantities at specific times and intervals;
(7) "interruptible power" means electric power supplied by an electric utility subject to interruption by the electric utility under specified conditions;
(8) "maintenance power" means electric power supplied by an electric utility during scheduled power outages of the qualifying facility;
(9) repealed 3/11/2016;
(10) "parallel operation" means a method of interconnection which enables a qualifying facility to generate electric power to meet its electrical consumption needs first and to automatically transmit any surplus electric power to the electric utility, and which also enables the qualifying facility to automatically purchase power from the electric utility if the qualifying facility cannot generate enough power to meet its electrical demands;
(11) "qualifying facility" has the meaning given in 18 C.F.R. 292.101(b)(1), revised as of April 1, 2015, and adopted by reference;
(12) "supplementary power" means electric energy or capacity supplied by an electric utility, regularly used by a qualifying facility in addition to that which the facility generates itself;
(13) "system emergency" means a condition on a utility's system which is likely to result in imminent significant disruption of service to customers or is imminently likely to endanger life or property;
(14) "design capacity" means the generator's nameplate rating measured in kilowatts.


3 AAC 50.820
Eff. 11/20/82, Register 84; am 3/11/2016, Register 217, April 2016

A copy of 18 C.F.R. Part 292, Subpart B, mentioned in 3 AAC 50.820(11) is available for inspection at the offices of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska as specified in 3 AAC 48.010(a).

As of Register 170 (July 2004), the regulations attorney made technical revisions under AS 44.62.125(b)(6) to correct authority citations for 3 AAC 50.820.

Authority:AS 42.05.141

AS 42.05.151

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