Wind generators win in dispute with BPA



PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Federal regulators have ruled in favor of Northwest wind-power generators who objected to being ordered to shut down at nights and on weekends this spring when the Columbia River basin was brimming with water and federal hydropower dams were running flat out.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said in a decision Wednesday that the Bonneville Power Administration must come up with new rules that don’t discriminate against the wind generators.

Many of them are utility company subsidiaries that participated in a wind farm boom in recent years encouraged by state and federal incentives.

Bonneville manages much of the electrical transmission in the Northwest.