PUBLIC UTILITY REGULATION
ENERGY COST RECOVERY BONDS
61-1506. Transfers in interest. (1) A transfer of energy cost property by a public utility to an assignee, or by an assignee to another assignee, that the parties have in the governing documentation expressly stated to be a sale or other absolute transfer, in a transaction approved in an energy cost financing order, shall be treated as an absolute transfer of all of the transferor’s right, title and interest, as in a true sale, and not as a pledge or other financing, of the energy cost property in each case notwithstanding any contrary treatment for federal and state income and franchise taxes, accounting or other purposes.
(2) A transfer of energy cost property shall be deemed perfected as against third persons and shall vest title in the transferee when both of the following have taken place:
(a) The commission has issued the energy cost financing order authorizing the energy cost bond charges included in the energy cost property.
(b) An assignment of the energy cost property in writing has been executed and delivered to the transferee.
(3) As between bona fide assignees of the same right for value without notice, the assignee first filing a financing statement in accordance with chapter 9, naming the assignor of the energy cost property as debtor and identifying the energy cost property has priority. Any description of the energy cost property shall be sufficient if it refers to the energy cost financing order creating the energy cost property. A copy of the financing statement shall be filed by the assignee with the commission, and the commission may require the assignor or the assignee to make other filings with respect to the transfer in accordance with procedures it may establish, but these filings shall not affect the perfection of the transfer.
(4) The interest of an assignee or pledgee in energy cost property and in the revenues and collections arising from such property are not subject to set-off, counterclaim, surcharge or defense by the public utility or any other person or in connection with the bankruptcy of the public utility or any other person.
[61-1506, added 2001, ch. 380, sec. 1, p. 1335.]