Wind accounts for 10.5 percent of electricity generated in Oregon
Wind generation accounts for less than 5 percent of the electricity consumed in Oregon. The lion's share comes from hydroelectric dams, natural gas and coal-fired power plants, and much of that power is generated out of state. Likewise, much of the wind power generated in Oregon is under contract with utilities in California.
August 15, 2012
by Ted Sickinger
in The Oregonian
A new report from the U.S. Department of Energy says 10.5 percent of the electricity generated in Oregon comes from wind farms -- the sixth highest penetration rate in the nation.
South Dakota was highest, with 22 percent, followed by Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota and Colorado. Idaho ranked 7th with a 9.7 percent penetration rate and Washington 14th with 5.5 percent, according to the agency's annual wind technologies market report. The national wind penetration rate is 3.2 percent.
Wind generation accounts for less than 5 percent of the electricity consumed in Oregon. The lion's share comes from hydroelectric dams, natural gas... [continue via Web link]