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Tri-City Herald
December 18, 2011

Stable contracts for wind power help ratepayers

While we appreciate attention toward the issue of energy supply, the Herald's editorial on Dec. 12, "Paying wind farms for zip FERC's idea of level playing field," leaves out some key points.

Taxpayers deserve the full story about all energy sources and the policies that shape how they are used. It is important to understand how all aspects of our energy mix shape our economies, communities, environment and future.

Despite the Herald editorial board's criticism, many Washington citizens have joined diverse businesses, utilities, salmon advocates and clean energy groups applauding FERC's ruling on the Bonneville Power Administration's "environmental redispatch" policy.

As our region shifts away from coal toward a cleaner, more stable energy supply, we are moving toward an energy system for tomorrow that is more sustainable -- economically and environmentally -- than today's.

Wind energy comprises less than 5 percent of our region's energy mix: a mere slice of the coal, natural gas and hydro supply. Just as other fuel sources far outweigh the new renewables on the system, these established fuel industries exceed new renewables in their long history of government support.

 

Read the rest of this Tri-City Herald guest editorial at: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2011/12/18/1761205/stable-contracts-for-wind-power.html#storylink=cpy

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