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Northwest Wind Power Production Growing Fast

The amount of wind power in the Northwest is likely to double — and perhaps triple — over the next 15 years. Rob Manning reports on a new estimate delivered Tuesday.

The Northwest has enough wind turbines to produce more than 5000 megawatts of power. But Northwest Power and Conservation Council resource analyst Ken Dragoon says the region will have a lot more by 2025.

He says renewable energy mandates in the Northwest are likely to double the region’s wind power.

Ken Dragoon: “And some additional wind might be developed in the Northwest to help California reach their requirements. There’s a lot of uncertainty in that, and that could range as high as three or four thousand megawatts.”

The upper end of the estimates for the Northwest and California would add 10,000 megawatts, but Dragoon says while that’s possible, it’s not likely.

The Power Council is planning to re-start a special work group next month to help address problems that wind power poses for the electrical grid.

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