www.windaction.orgfacts, analysis, exposure of wind energy's real impactsWindactionhttp://www.windaction.org/articles/c108+61?theme=atomXarayar2006-06-12T02:16:27Z BPA plan would share costs of wind-power shutdown.380982013-04-18T17:46:26Z2013-04-18T17:46:26ZThe Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) this week released a new proposal to share the "oversupply costs" that pile up when there is not enough demand for all the electricity produced by hydroelectric dams and wind-power producers.
During these oversupply periods, when wind-power producers may be asked to shut down, the plan would compensate them for lost revenue, according to Doug Johnson, a BPA spokesman.PUD says BPA plan helps wind energy producers at ratepayer expense.352252012-06-15T21:17:58Z2012-06-15T21:17:58ZThe policy essentially would curtail production - particularly wind generation - when there is too much power for BPA to handle, a situation that usually occurs in the spring. And it would also pay the wind energy producers for their lost revenue. PUD commissioners say that amounts to subsidizing an already subsidized industry by passing the costs on to BPA customers like the Grays Harbor district.BPA reins in wind farms; Excess hydro power forces order.349122012-05-06T13:01:36Z2012-05-06T13:01:36ZThe order forced wind farms along the Columbia River to shut down for about 10 hours during the past weekend. ..."Our folks are working as hard to minimize it, but as the runoff continues, it is certainly possible that it will happen again. It depends on a number of factors: the runoff, what the wind is doing. Certainly what amount of power people are using."
BPA orders NW wind farms to curtail production.348722012-04-30T01:14:46Z2012-04-30T01:14:46ZThe agency, which manages much of the power grid in the Northwest, confirmed it issued the orders during the early morning hours of Sunday and Monday, when demand is low.
The action rekindles a dispute from last year, when the agency curtailed wind turbines because the water from a large mountain snowpack.Wind power subsidies divide Congress .336072011-11-14T12:42:33Z2011-11-14T12:42:33ZAnd in this state, Chris Gleason, community and media services manager for Tacoma Public Utilities, said the wind industry "is no longer in its infancy" and that tax subsidies have distorted the market, leading to overdevelopment of wind power in the Northwest.Spring rise ebbs in NW; wind farms at full output.325022011-07-19T13:44:34Z2011-07-19T13:44:34ZAt night and on weekends, when demand was low, the Bonneville Power Administration ordered wind farms to shut down, saying there was more electricity than the region needed or could export.
Wind power and water power collide in the Northwest.321852011-06-14T23:06:20Z2011-06-14T23:06:20ZSince May 18, BPA has ordered wind generators to shut down several hours a day, usually in the low-power-demand nighttime hours. The result so far has been the loss of 74,114 megawatt hours of wind energy, or about 15% of what the wind farms might normally have generated.
Wind-power producers fight possible shutdown of turbines.316962011-04-13T14:02:26Z2011-04-13T14:02:26ZAs the wind industry expands, the BPA has found it more difficult to transmit all that power and still meet other responsibilities, which include selling hydro power outside the region and spilling water over dams to aid the passage of migrating salmon.
Wind power: 'We're at the mercy of Mother Nature' .305242010-12-21T15:58:51Z2010-12-21T15:58:51Z"One of the big challenges of wind power is it is intermittent," said Rob Newsom, a PNNL scientist. "We're at the mercy of Mother Nature. Wind doesn't always blow when we want it."
That can make adding wind power to the grid problematic, because the grid requires a steady power load. ..."We worried about if speed shifts quickly. An hour off in a forecast can make a big difference."
Breaking Out of the Wind Ghetto.292392010-09-23T21:57:55Z2010-09-23T21:57:55ZThe same storms also brought wind. Bonneville has added 5,000 megawatts of wind power in the last few years, and it is mostly concentrated in the Columbia River Gorge in what is known as the "wind ghetto." As a result, at any given moment, almost all of the wind machines in Bonneville's territory are either running or not running. In June, they were running. Wind turbines killing thousands of birds in Northwest.282522010-07-13T22:03:46Z2010-07-13T22:03:46ZA recent study in Klickitat County, Washington indicates 6,500 birds and 3,000 bats are killed annually in the two states-though the number of deaths in the two states may be much higher. ...an untold number of birds are devoured by vultures or coyotes before they're included in the count.Sudden surplus calls for quick thinking.281282010-07-07T00:40:48Z2010-07-07T00:40:48ZEngineers say that if the power grid becomes more reliant on renewable energy, a lot of new transmission lines will have to be built at some point or there will be unhappy consequences. Mostly this problem has been predicted rather than experienced. But the future may have arrived last month.Del Mar company gets $200 million for wind farm.278332010-06-17T12:49:52Z2010-06-17T12:49:52ZA small Del Mar company said Wednesday that it has landed a bigger stimulus check from the federal government than expected for developing a big wind farm in Washington state.
Cannon Power Group said it is getting $200 million in stimulus funds for its latest work on a 500 megawatt farm on ridgelines along the Columbia River.Change in the wind; The ebbs and flows of wind power stress the Northwest power grid .223452009-07-26T14:16:25Z2009-07-26T14:16:25ZIn the space of one hour last month, electricity generated at wind farms in the eastern end of the Columbia River Gorge shot up by 1,000 megawatts -- enough to power some 680,000 homes.
Less than an hour later, it plummeted almost as much.
In coping with the variations, the BPA has at times adjusted flows through dams at rates that exceeded guidelines established to protect fish.
"It is stressful. You have the threat of fish issues on one hand you are trying to prevent, and at the same time you're trying to meet load," she said.
The events of June 4 and 5 highlight the challenge facing the agency
Demand, scarcity take air out of wind power; New laws spur run on land, turbines.127232007-11-14T21:08:09Z2007-11-14T21:08:09ZLooking east into Gilliam County and north into Washington, turbines are strung over ridgelines as far as the eye can see.
And there are nowhere near enough of them. ...West Coast utilities and independent power producers are locked in a land rush to secure the best wind sites and the power they produce. Coupled with a worldwide shortage of turbines and a falling dollar, the resulting scarcity is driving up the cost of wind power, a burden electricity ratepayers will shoulder.
New energy sources could easily overload power network.113292007-08-14T11:43:23Z2007-08-14T11:43:23ZThere's a big obstacle to creating a shiny techno-green future by adding wind, sun and wave energy to our power system: the grid.
The nation's electric power transmission system, aka the grid, could be imagined as an overworked tangle of fraying household wires repeatedly spliced together by your grandfather, who refuses to call the electrician. It is based on century-old technology and, from a modern management perspective, is dumb.
Often, it's likened to the nation's highway system. But one local utilities executive said that is wishful thinking.
"More like a collection of New England country lanes," said Roger Garratt, resource acquisition manager for Puget Sound Energy. A Mighty Wind Is Pushing U.S. Renewable Energy Success.109332007-07-24T10:44:56Z2007-07-24T10:44:56ZThe United States is expected to be home to an anticipated 49,000 MW of installed wind-power capacity by 2015, making it the world's largest wind-power producer, according to a recent report. Developers are expected to invest more than $65 billion between 2007 and 2015 in wind-power facilities, researchers say.Dems peddle energy bill despite impasse.102022007-06-16T11:13:16Z2007-06-16T11:13:16ZSen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) peddled a Democratic energy bill in her party's radio address Saturday despite the bill stalling over a dispute on renewable energy this week.Windmill tax break may be extended.101462007-06-14T11:02:52Z2007-06-14T11:02:52ZA tax break that has helped spur the development of windmill farms in Washington state could be extended for five years as part of the new Senate energy bill, Sen. Maria Cantwell said Wednesday.
But the ability to carry that power from turbines in some of the wind-swept regions of the Northwest to the customers who need it isn't part of the proposal at this time. College campuses are going green - Sustainability seen as key for next generation.46112006-08-23T21:31:56Z2006-08-23T21:31:56ZEnergy consumption: Universities are paying more for renewable energy generated by dams and wind farms. Western Washington University and The Evergreen State College were among the first in the state to go 100 percent green. Colleges are also exploring other energy options, such as biodiesel and solar power.