Regional Authority Can Sell Power Directly: 9th Circ.

Law360, New York (December 18, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- A power authority in the Pacific Northwest has the right to sell electricity to industrial clients directly rather than through local utilities and electric cooperatives, a federal appeals court has ruled.

A three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that the Bonneville Power Administration could continue its agreements with two aluminum plants, including one in Washington state owned by Alcoa Inc. that brought a complaint against BPA, and a paper mill also in Washington.

But in a 65-page ruling, Judges Raymond C....
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