AWEA Comments to FERC Filing on Bonneville Power Administration Record of Decision

June 13, 2011

On June 13, 2011, AWEA sent official comments to the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) supporting a complaint against the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA). The Complaintants seeking relief are led by Iberdrola Renewables Inc., and include PacifiCorp Energy, NextEra Energy Resources, Horizon Wind Energy, and Invenergy LLC.

In the comment, AWEA states that FERC should require BPA, as with any other transmission provider, to honor its transmission contracts.

Key AWEA points on BPA’s transmission contract violations

  • This case presents a clear violation of standards regarding preferential treatment and undue discrimination.
  • BPA used its transmission system to break existing transmission contracts. Such action benefits BPA’s own generation over competing generators and controls the price of energy for BPA’s customers.
  • FERC should require BPA, as with any other transmission provider, to honor its transmission contracts whenever it desires to “protect” certain interests from prices for power that it feels it should not have to pay.
  • AWEA requests that FERC grant the relief requested by the Complainants and declare that BPA‟s curtailment practices are unduly discriminatory and require it to revise its curtailment practices consistent with the requirements of the Federal Power Act (“FPA”). Such an action would send a message that all transmission providers must provide transmission on a comparable basis and must adhere to their contracts.

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