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Legislators seek answers about wind company  

Credit:  By John Weiss | The Post-Bulletin | Oct 17, 2012 | postbulletin.com ~~

RED WING – Three legislators have joined opponents of a controversial Goodhue County wind farm in asking state agencies to look more closely at the project’s special status.

Reps. Steve Drazkowski and Tim Kelly and Sen. John Howe sent a letter Oct. 7 to the Public Utilities Commission asking for the review because new information “appears to call into question the project’s C-BED (Community-Based Energy Development) eligibility.”

They want to know if the company, which has changed owners and names several times, properly represented its facts.

Also, “virtually every aspect of the project listed in the 2008 ROS (resolution of support) changed since 2008 and C-BED law upon which the county relied was amended in 2010 specifically to accommodate this project. How transferable is a ROS?” they asked.

“Minnesota legislators never intended for Minnesota electric consumers to pay above market rates to export electrical generation revenues to India or Texas,” the three concluded. “We request a complete and comprehensive review of the (project’s) C-BED designation.”

Source:  By John Weiss | The Post-Bulletin | Oct 17, 2012 | postbulletin.com

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