PUBLIC UTILITY REGULATION
ENERGY COST RECOVERY BONDS
61-1504. Procedure for issuance of bonds. (1) Public utilities, assignees or other issuers may issue energy cost recovery bonds upon approval by the commission in an energy cost financing order.
(2) Public utilities and assignees may sell and assign all or portions of their interest in energy cost property. Public utilities and assignees may sell or assign their interests to one (1) or more assignees or other issuers that make that property the basis for issuance of energy cost recovery bonds to the extent approved in the pertinent energy cost financing order. To the extent approved in the pertinent energy cost financing orders, public utilities and assignees may also pledge energy cost property as collateral, directly or indirectly, for energy cost recovery bonds providing for a security interest in the energy cost property, in the manner as set forth in section 61-1505, Idaho Code. Energy cost property may be sold or assigned by:
(a) The public utility, assignee or other issuer or a trustee for the holders of energy cost recovery bonds in connection with the exercise of remedies upon a default; or
(b) Any person acquiring the energy cost property after a sale or assignment pursuant to this subsection.
(3) To the extent that any interest in energy cost property is so sold or assigned, or is so pledged as collateral, the commission shall authorize the public utility to contract with an assignee or other issuer that it will continue to operate its system to provide service to its customers, will collect amounts with respect to the energy cost bond charges for the benefit and account of the assignee or other issuer, and will account for and remit these amounts to or for the account of the assignee or other issuer. Contracting with the assignee or other issuer in accordance with that authorization shall not impair or negate the characterization of the sale, assignment or pledge as an absolute transfer, a true sale or security interest, as applicable.
(4) Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, any requirement under this chapter or an energy cost financing order that the commission take action with respect to the subject matter of an energy cost financing order shall be binding upon the commission, as it may be constituted from time to time, and any successor agency exercising functions similar to the commission. The commission shall have no authority to rescind, alter or amend any such requirement under this chapter or an energy cost financing order; provided however, that nothing in this subsection shall preclude adjustments of the energy cost bond charges in accordance with the provisions of section 61-1503, Idaho Code. The issuance of energy cost recovery bonds, any related transfer or pledge of energy cost recovery property and any other transactions incidental to such issuance shall be exempt from the provisions of sections 61-901 through 61-908, Idaho Code, upon approval by the commission in an energy cost financing order. The commission shall include in any energy cost financing order any additional approvals that may be required in connection with such issuance under applicable law.
(5) An assignee or other issuer shall not be considered to be a public utility solely by virtue of the transactions described in this chapter.
[61-1504, added 2001, ch. 380, sec. 1, p. 1331.]