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NW wind farms seek end to springtime shutdowns


PORTLAND, Ore. — Northwest wind farm owners want federal regulators to tell the region's main utility to quit shutting them down at night.

Five companies said Monday the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission should rule the Bonneville Power Administration has broken their contracts and discriminated against them.

For the last month as the Columbia River has run high with snowmelt, the BPA has intermittently curtailed transmission from wind farms.

Customers haven't lost electricity. The BPA, a federal agency, substitutes some of its abundant hydropower for the wind power. Bonneville says...

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