24 May '11, 1am

BPA Decision To Curtail Wind Power Sends "Chilling Signal" To Industry

BPA Decision To Curtail Wind Power Sends "Chilling Signal" To Industry

BPA signed an “Environmental Redispatch” Record of Decision, a policy which, during times of high hydropower generation, lower electric demand, and high wind generation, can lead wind generation to be curtailed without any compensation to wind project owners. That will potentially cost wind companies tens of millions of dollars and stifle new investment in the Pacific Northwest, members of the wind industry said. AWEA disagrees with the decision and expressed its disappointment that a federal agency would choose to ignore the president’s commitment to renewable energy and break contractual commitments rather than operate the grid more efficiently — as is done in much of the rest of the country. That could alleviate some of Bonneville’s concerns that led to the decision late Friday. “BPA really ought to call this the ‘Anti-Environmental Redispatch,’ since it makes no sense ...

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