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Aug. 22, 2011 · By Cassandra Profita

The "perfect storm" for NW power managers

The takeaway from my report on whether California can help resolve the wind vs. water conflict in the Northwest is that shipping surplus power down south only works if you have the transmission and the market to do it. There are several ways the Bonneville Power Administration might avoid shutting down wind turbines in the future. One is upgrading transmission lines to expand power pathways, allowing more electricity to be sent to California, or other places like Montana or Canada. Continue reading →

Filed under: Energy, Bonneville Power Administration, Wind vs. Water


Aug. 19, 2011 · By Cassandra Profita

Can California solve the Northwest's renewable power struggle?

This spring, power managers with the Bonneville Power Administration locked horns with the wind industry over who got dibs on a limited amount of space on the power grid. Continue reading →

Filed under: Renewable energy, Bonneville Power Administration, Renewable Northwest Project, Wind vs. Water


May 20, 2011 · By Cassandra Profita

Court: Washington can keep dissolved gas limit

I was just talking about this case – a challenge from salmon advocates to the state of Washington's rule for how much total dissolved gas is allowed downstream from dams. The court sided with the state – confirming the current limit to how much water can legally be spilled over dams to scale back hydropower generation and free up space on the grid for wind energy. It's of particular importance this year because of the record spring runoff coming down through the Columbia Basin. Continue reading →

Filed under: Renewable energy, Wind vs. Water


May 20, 2011 · By Cassandra Profita

BPA: "We have all this power and nobody wants it."

I just had another talk with Michael Milstein at the BPA about the question of how much spill is too much for salmon. He reiterated a key point in the dilemma of having too much water in the Columbia. Namely, that BPA is not making money off the hydropower it's generating now. And in some cases, it's costing them money to generate it because they have to pay for transmission costs to get people to take free electricity. Continue reading →

Filed under: Renewable energy, Bonneville Power Administration, Hydropower, Wind vs. Water


May 20, 2011 · By Cassandra Profita

Gassing salmon with spill water: A real risk or an excuse to shut off wind turbines?

An intriguing question has come up in the power struggle between hydropower and wind energy in the Northwest: Continue reading →

Filed under: Renewable energy, Bonneville Power Administration, Dams, Hydropower, Wind energy, Wind vs. Water


May 18, 2011 · By Cassandra Profita

Wind vs. Water: Is this case headed to court?

Wind energy advocates at the nonprofit Renewable Northwest Project issued a statement last week that hints at a legal fight brewing between the wind industry and hydropower managers. It stems from Bonneville Power Administration's decision to curtail wind turbines when there's too much spring runoff in the Columbia River Basin. The rub is that BPA decided not to compensate wind energy producers for lost revenue because it would unfairly raise the cost of electricity for BPA's ratepayers. Continue reading →

Filed under: Renewable energy, Bonneville Power Administration, Dams, Wind energy, Wind vs. Water


May 18, 2011 · By Cassandra Profita

Wind power shut down to make way for hydro

Continue reading →

Filed under: Renewable energy, Bonneville Power Administration, Dams, Hydropower, Salmon, Wind energy, Wind vs. Water


May 17, 2011 · By Cassandra Profita

Here, now: All-renewable electricity

Bonneville Power Administration has shut down natural gas, nuclear and coal-fired power plants to make room on the grid for lots of hydropower coming from spring water runoff passing through dams in the Columbia River Basin. Continue reading →

Filed under: Renewable energy, Bonneville Power Administration, Dams, Wind energy, Wind vs. Water


May 13, 2011 · By Cassandra Profita

Wind vs. water: The power struggle continues

Bonneville Power Administration just announced it will reserve the right to dial down wind turbines this spring to manage the renewable power gridlock that comes when the region has too much wind and water at the same time. Continue reading →

Filed under: Renewable energy, Bonneville Power Administration, Columbia River Basin, Dams, Salmon, Wind energy, Wind vs. Water



About Ecotrope

In the Pacific Northwest, the environment is personal - it's where we live, work and play. Oregon Public Broadcasting's Ecotrope will bring you news and insight on the region’s environmental issues. Site curator Cassandra Profita is an award-winning reporter with degrees in journalism and environmental studies.

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