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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

A coalition of wind energy operators sent a letter to U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu explaining their opposition to the Bonneville Power Administration's new proposal to compensate them for when their turbines are idle due to an overabundance of hydro power.

The letter, signed by executives from Pacific Power, NextEra Energy Resources LLC, EDP Renewables North America LLC, Invenergy Wind North America LLC and Iberdrola Renewables Inc., airs concerns that BPA is not playing fair.
"BPA's self-regulation of its transmission system has harmed consumers," the letter reads. "Last year BPA artificially increased the value of its power resources (and raised power prices in the West when it had a cash surplus) by unilaterally revoking the contractual transmission rights of renewable energy generators located in Bonneville's control area."

Read more at Sustainable Business Oregon.

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