Overpowering Discrimination In Alternative Energy

Law360, New York (January 6, 2012, 2:20 PM EST) -- On Dec. 7, 2011, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) determined that Bonneville Power Administration’s (BPA) use of environmental redispatch to address excess water supply and low load by curtailing renewable and thermal generators in favor of federal hydropower providers unfairly discriminated against wind generators.[1]

This decision will have broad jurisdictional and alternative energy implications, given that FERC has exercised for the first time its Federal Power Act (FPA) section 211A authority to order BPA, an unregulated transmitting utility, to file changes to or replace its...
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