Wind energy developer Greg Jaunich pleaded not guilty Monday to federal charges that he overbilled Xcel Energy Inc. and the Minnesota Department of Commerce about $500,000 in 2003 and 2004 from two wind turbines his company owned in Minnesota’s Lincoln County.
A trial date is expected to be scheduled for next spring before U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson, according to a lawyer for Jaunich.
The government accused has Jaunich of bilking Xcel and the Commerce Department, which pays small wind developers a production incentive.
Jaunich’s lawyers have said the matter amounted to an administrative oversight by a busy developer who tried to settle a dispute that never should have become a federal felony charge.
By Neal St. Anthony
26 November 2007
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