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RNP Press Release
May 13, 2011

Renewable Northwest Project Responds to BPA Over-Generation Decision

Portland, Ore. -- In response to a May 13, 2011 Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) decision to issue its “Environmental Redispatch” Record of Decision, Rachel Shimshak, Executive Director of Renewable Northwest Project (RNP) – a non-profit regional advocacy group – issued a public statement today:

We are extremely disappointed that BPA chose to implement this Record of Decision, but glad that it will be temporary. While we are sympathetic to the impact of Mother Nature’s generous snowpack this year, we believe that unilaterally curtailing wind projects with no compensation is an unfair and discriminatory solution to the excess generation issue. It is also inconsistent with the Northwest’s future-forward commitment to deploying clean energy resources, and it will invite litigation. We recommend a diversity of cheaper solutions (e.g., displacing coal, responsible additional spill) that would not create uncertainty for future renewable development in the region.

Our consumers are opting for green power at record levels, we are attracting global renewable energy companies, and our utilities are finding that new renewable projects added to portfolios are the least-cost, least risk of all options. At a time when the region and world are seeking innovative solutions to a safer, more stable energy future, we simply must create new ways to include more clean energy in our system. We stand ready to work with regional partners to identify those solutions.

Renewable Northwest Project is a regional nonprofit advocacy organization promoting responsible development of renewable energy resources in the Northwest. For more information, visit www.rnp.org.

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