This manual was sponsored by the American Public Power Association (APPA), the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). The manual is intended to be used as an aid to state commissions and utilities as they deal with issues related to the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) of 1978, as amended, and in light of recent events and regulatory actions involving PURPA implementation. This document is not intended to provide any recommendations for actions, decisions, or opinions from any of the sponsoring organizations. This manual was prepared by Robert E. Burns, an independent consultant and attorney, who previously was a Research Specialist at The Ohio State University, where he spent more than 25 years at the National Regulatory Research Institute; and Dr. Kenneth Rose, an independent consultant and Senior Fellow with the Institute of Public Utilities at Michigan State University. FULL REPORT