[ exact phrase in "" • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


Subscribe to RSS feed

Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

Sign up for daily updates

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate $10

Donate $5

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links


Press Releases


Publications & Products

Photos & Graphics


Allied Groups

News Watch Home

Wind-farm operations improperly curtailed by Duke Energy Indiana, suit claims  

Credit:  John Downey, Senior Staff Writer- Charlotte Business Journal | Dec 30, 2013 | www.bizjournals.com ~~

An Indiana wind farm has filed a federal lawsuit against Duke Energy Indiana for unspecified damages, claiming that Duke (NYSE:DUK) is violating agreements it made requiring it to buy a portion of the power produced by the 130-megawatt project.

Duke is studying the complaint and expects to “aggressively defend” itself in the suit.

The Becton County Wind Farm, owned by Orion Energy Group and Vision Energy, was built in 2008, spurred by an agreement with Duke to buy the power produced by the first 100 megawatts at a fixed price. The complaint says Duke is required to buy the power regardless of whether it can resell it at a profit.

And Duke is bound by a power-purchase agreement and joint energy-sharing and operating agreement not to do anything that would “curtail or reduce” the wind farm’s output, the suit says.

Becton says Duke adhered to the agreement until March of this year, when the Midwest Independent Service Operator changed its market rules for wind plants. Under the new rules, Becton says, “Duke forced BCWF to curtail electrical production by refusing to offer the wind farm’s power to MISO at competitive prices,” which led MISO to instruct the wind farm to stop producing power.

Much of the 23-page complaint is redacted to protect proprietary information, according to Becton. You can find the document here.

It alleges that Becton’s “electrical output and revenues have been sharply reduced” and that “Duke’s position is contrary to both the letter and the spirit of the (Power Purchase Agreement).”

Duke spokesman Lew Middleton disputes the claims.

“We believe the lawsuit inappropriately characterizes our obligation under the contract,” he says. “We are prepared to aggressively defend our position in court.”

The suit was filed Dec. 16 in the U.S. Court in Indianapolis.

Duke Energy Corp., the nation’s largest electric utility, is based in Charlotte.

Source:  John Downey, Senior Staff Writer- Charlotte Business Journal | Dec 30, 2013 | www.bizjournals.com

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

The copyright of this article resides with the author or publisher indicated. As part of its noncommercial effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations. Send requests to excerpt, general inquiries, and comments via e-mail.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Funding
Donate $5 PayPal Donate


News Watch Home

Get the Facts Follow Wind Watch on Twitter

Wind Watch on Facebook


© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.



Wind Watch on Facebook

Follow Wind Watch on Twitter

National Wind Watch