AWEA Statement Condemning FERC Westar Order

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) conditionally approved a proposal by the Kansas utility Westar that would in effect take millions of dollars from wind power generators connecting to its system to subsidize the utility’s other operations.

American Wind Energy Association believes the Westar proposal is deeply flawed, and released the following statement by AWEA’s Senior Vice-President for Public Policy Rob Gramlich:

“This flawed order, unless corrected on rehearing, sets a precedent that would add significant new costs to renewable energy nationally. We are surprised and disappointed that FERC would approve, without even an evidentiary hearing, a proposal that discriminates against renewables and assesses charges well above their costs.”

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AWEA is the national trade association of America’s wind industry, with more than 2,500 member companies, including global leaders in wind power and energy development, wind turbine manufacturing, component and service suppliers, and the world’s largest wind power trade show. AWEA is the voice of wind energy in the U.S., promoting renewable energy to power a cleaner, stronger America.