Turbine ownwes battle with utilities

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The Danish association of wind turbine owners (DV) is considering taking legal action against the Danish electricity association (DEF) following the government's admission that it is powerless to prevent utilities from increasing their annual wind turbine "administration charge." This is levied on each wind turbine in Denmark, purportedly to cover the costs associated with administering the billing system for power delivered to the grid (Windpower Monthly, February 1997). DV's decision came after the Danish justice ministry ruled that neither the energy agency nor the electricity price commission have the legal right to prevent DEF increasing the levy. The increase will be from anything between $60 and $2000 a year, DV reports. "This is illegal," says DV's Flemming Tranæs. "We have examples that show that some utilities openly admit that they are trying to cover grid connection fees through the levy. We also have examples showing over-billing by several hundred percent." According to DEF, the levy would already apply to existing wind turbines from January 1 of this year and in the summer for new machines.

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