Competitive-Bid Law Hinders Quest for Alternative Energy Sources

With its white Victorian houses and manicured yards, this upstate bedroom community does not appear to be a rabble-rousing town. But two months ago, Pleasant Valley, tucked in the Taconic mountains just east of Poughkeepsie, became outlaw territory in the eyes of the state comptroller's office when local officials decided they cared more about the environmental source of the town's electricity than its price.

By IAN URBINA

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