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PURPA Wars

Idaho Power has more wind power than it can use—so much that it’s costing its ratepayers a bundle. It wants out, so it won’t have to buy from all the small wind farms that claim “QF” status under the 1978 PURPA law.

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Bruce W. Radford is publisher of Public Utilities Fortnightly.

Why Idaho is fed up with renewables.

It's the Money, Not the Fish

Asset owners in the Northwest cry foul as the Bonneville Power Administration struggles to reconcile FERC orders with its operational realities. The battle between wind and water has blown up into a regional conflict over transmission tariffs.

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Commission Watch
Author Bio: 

Bruce W. Radford is publisher of Public Utilities Fortnightly.

Bonneville Power, wind curtailments and the bigger picture.