Last year, a surplus of both wind and water in the Northwest threatened to throw the system out of balance. The Bonneville Power Administration, which is responsible for blending wind and hydro power, also has to take salmon into account when a surge in wind power means spilling water over the dams.
Do you work on a wind farm or at a hydroelectric dam? Do you live in the Columbia River Gorge, where most of the region’s wind and hydro power comes from? What concerns do you have about integrating these resources in the Northwest? What makes you feel optimistic about a marriage between wind and water?
- Elliot Mainzer: Executive vice president of corporate strategy at the Bonneville Power Administration
- Ken Dragoon: Research director for Renewable Northwest Project
- Charles Hudson: Public affairs manager for the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission