Don't stick ratepayers when green power fails .

By Steven Keeler | Jul 18, 2014
Source: FGRV.ORG


Northwest wind farm operators want ratepayers to make up for the industry's losses when oversupply curbs demand for wind power.

In other words, customers of public utilities, including every ratepayer in Benton and Franklin counties, should pay private investors to stop producing electricity when it isn't needed.

The Bonneville Power Administration -- which manages and markets the Northwest's electrical system -- has rightly rejected the ridiculous proposal.

Unfortunately, we probably haven't heard the last word on the issue. Wind-power advocates appear intent on the public absorbing any risk to the industry's profit margin.

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