AWEA: Pacific Northwest utility's plan discriminates against wind farms

05/17/2011 | Washington Post, The

A plan by the Bonneville Power Administration to power down wind turbines in the Pacific Northwest when spring runoff raises water levels in the region's dam system "is a classic case of anti-competitive and discriminatory behavior by a utility with a conflict of interest," said Rob Gramlich, the American Wind Energy Association's senior vice president of public policy. The BPA is using its power "to illegally promote its own narrow economic interest," disregarding contracts with wind farms, favoring other energy sources and going against the Obama administration's efforts to promote renewable energy, AWEA said.

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