RE: “Timber company defends turbine proposal” [News, Aug. 10]:
It’s hard to square Jeremy Turner’s lavish praise for Iberdrola with the company’s past behavior. As reported by the Los Angeles Times, Iberdrola Renewables has been proven to have gouged California’s ratepayers out of $371 million.
Here are a couple of quotes from this article:
“‘The public was clearly, palpably, seriously harmed by the energy crisis,’ said Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Judge Steven A. Glazer in a 219-page ruling released [April 13] that charged Shell Energy North America and Iberdrola Renewables of gouging the state.
“Glazer ruled the companies misled state officials over the negotiations of long-term electricity deals, with Shell charging $779 million more than it should have and Iberdrola charging $371 million more.”
Although Turner, the forester, and company spokesman Paul Copleman can’t imagine “a better partner” to provide “community benefits,” I hope the state of Vermont and the towns of Grafton and Windham have better judgment.
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