[ exact phrase in "" • ~10 sec • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]



LOCATION/TYPE

News Home
Archive
RSS

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

Alerts

Press Releases

FAQs

Publications & Products

Photos & Graphics

Videos

Allied Groups

Wind power provider suing city over power usage  

Credit:  By Jeff Fox | The Examiner | www.examiner.net ~~

The city of Independence is being sued for more than half a million dollars in a dispute over wind-generated electricity.

Smoky Hills Winds Project II accuses the city of a breach-of-contract in a lawsuit filed Jan. 23 in federal court.

“We think our case is strong. Of course, they think their case is strong,” Independence Power and Light Director Leon Daggett said Monday.

Independence Power and Light buys about 15 megawatts a day – 5 percent of IPL’s power – from Smoky Hills, but the day-to-day generation and distribution of power for IPL and many other utilities is set by the Southwest Power Pool. That’s the group that, for example, tells IPL on a given day whether to fire up the Blue Valley plant on Truman Road.

Smoky Hills contends in court that the Southwest Power Pool caused “curtailments” of power being sent to Independence several times from March 2012 through September 2014.

“We were prepared, willing and ready to take the power,” Daggett said.

Smoky Hills says that cost it $544,553, of which the city has only paid $18,648.

Smoky Hills, west of Salina, Kansas, is operated by an Italian renewable energy company, Enel Green Power S.p.A. It says even if there are disruptions, the city is obligated to pay and work out a refund.

“We contend that we shouldn’t have to pay,” Daggett said.

He said the city and Smoky Hills have negotiated the dispute but that that’s gone nowhere. The city has bought power from the facility for about six years.

“The issue here is when the power is curtailed by a third party,” Daggett said.

At this point, he said, it’s headed for a judge and the city just wants the issue to away “because now it’s a matter of principle.”

Smoky Hills has filed a similar lawsuit against Springfield, Missouri, which also owns its own electric utility.

Source:  By Jeff Fox | The Examiner | www.examiner.net

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

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

Share:


News Watch Home

Get the Facts Follow Wind Watch on Twitter

Wind Watch on Facebook

Share

CONTACT DONATE PRIVACY ABOUT SEARCH
© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.
Share

 Follow: