Thursday, December 8, 2011
We learn today Wind Power is not a backup but a primary energy supply when it comes to paying the piper for power. Wind generator owners won a dispute with with Bonneville Power Administration yesterday via the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Wind generators supplying power to Bonneville Power objected to being told to shut down when the Columbia River system is brimming with abundant water supplies and had more power than the grid could manage or export. Between mid-May and June there is more hydro-electric power available and the wind power simply is not needed nor is there any market for it.
The FERC ruling yesterday was based on the fact they lost government incentives when windmills were shut down because subsidies to this industry are based on actual power output. Actions by FERC yesterday have set the stage for wind farms to go back to BPA and other power companies and collect back compensation.
In short, it is the rate payers of all the various power companies who will be on the line to pay inflated prices for power from alternative sources even when they aren't needed. These secondary sources have become the tail wagging the big dog power companies. Standby for federally mandated increases in power rates courtesy of FERC.
Here's a LINK to the Statesman AP story http://www.idahostatesman.com/2011/12/07/1908134/wind-generators-win-in-dispute.html
Another LINK to Rocky Barker of the Statesman on this subject http://voices.idahostatesman.com/2011/12/08/rockybarker/ferc_rules_again_favor_northwest_wind_power_devlopers#ixzz1fxy2L8ON
Posted by Paul Alldredge at 8:23 AM