FERC nukes wind, or something like that
You don't need to understand all the details of the Westar case unless you are a utility lawyer or particular fan of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) intricacies. All you need to know is that FERC has given the Kansas utility the green light to charge a wind developer an exorbitant amount of money to connect to the transmission system.
Rob Gramlich, AWEA's senior vice president for public policy, said, "This flawed order, unless corrected on rehearing, sets a precedent that would add significant new costs to renewable energy nationally."
FERC accepted Westar's statement of the cost of integrating wind into the system without giving the wind industry a chance to rebut Westar's proposal.
"We are surprised and disappointed that ...