Some of you may recall that you voted for the “renewable” power generation initiative. It required that a portion of all new power sources be “renewable,” and stated that hydroelectric was not to be considered “renewable.”
As a result, some of your local power companies have invested millions of dollars to meet these new requirements. You have not yet started to see the bills for this.
Not taken into consideration was Bonneville Power Administration which might have other ideas. BPA has a pending rule that would require that all wind farms be shut down during periods of high water in the Columbia River. Read about it here.
So much for the private investment in wind generators so that the region could become more “green.” One local utility is one of a group of utilities that invested $230 million in a wind farm in Eastern Washington. That company’s share was $50 million – for 30,000 customers.