BPA offers wind farm operators half a loaf: Still to cost local ratepayers to ship power to California
Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) officials say they’re trying to soften the problem of what happens when hydropower from northwest dams is running high at the same that wind power farms are also peaking out their power. When faced recently with huge amounts of river waters spinning their turbines, BPA cut back wind power sources because the northwest distribution grid couldn’t handle the combined load. If they cut back power at the dams BPA says it would have been breaking environmental laws aimed at protecting salmon since spill-over from dams would have changed water chemistry for fish. The wind farm operators, however, said BPA should have found another way to reduce power output without kicking wind off the grid.
BPA has offered wind companies a compromise, but it appears it will involve higher costs for everyone who doesn’t buy wind power. And that’s mostly people who don’t live in California. The story is in the Oregonian. Click here.