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UTILITY ATTACKS

An increasing number of renewables contracts throughout the US are under threat following federal interference in California's Biennial Resource Plan Update in which hundreds of megawatts of wind contracts were nullified.

While the California Public Utilities Commission failed to take any new action regarding the fate of the Biennial Resource Plan Update (BRPU) this past month, the New York Times claims the ruling by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) nullifying some 1500 MW of nameplate capacity of wind projects for California, mandated by BRPU, is already leading to ramifications in Iowa, Minnesota, New York and Texas.

Jan Smutny-Jones, executive director of the Independent Energy Producers recently charged that, "New York State Gas & Electric Company is now challenging existing contracts, an act which seriously threatens the business climate in New York." He added, "Under the guise of consumer protection, utilities throughout the country are descending upon Washington DC, trying to repeal the only laws which threaten their monopoly power and promise real economies for energy users."

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