BPA reins in wind farms; Excess hydro power forces order
The 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."
May 6, 2012
by Amelia Templeton
in Statesman Journal
For the second year in a row, spring rain and snow melt have led to an oversupply of hydropower on the Columbia River.
And for the second straight year, the government agency charged with both marketing hydropower from federal dams dams and running the region's power grid has ordered the growing wind-energy sector to stop producing - and selling - electricity.
Now, as then, the industry isn't happy with the situation.
The order forced wind farms along the Columbia River to shut down for about 10 hours during the past weekend. Michael Milstein, a BPA spokesman, said there may be more periods this... [continue via Web link]