Critics are calling on the Michigan Public Service Commission to take measures to prevent the abuse of a provision in the state's renewable energy standard that allows utilities to bypass the competitive bidding process when signing wind-power agreements. Commission officials, however, said no-bid contracts are acceptable as long as they benefit ratepayers. "These contracts are with the provider and the developer. The commission is just overseeing the process," said Paul Proudfoot, director of the PSC's electric reliability division.
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