BPA files wind farm plan

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Wednesday, March 07, 2012

The Bonneville Power Administration filed a plan of action to deal with wind farm shutoffs when too much hydropower is being generated.

The plan addresses how and when other power sources will be shut down and how operators will be compensated. It was required by FERC after the commission's December ruling, which found BPA's curbing of wind power generation last spring was discriminatory.
BPA officials said Tuesday that the plan calls for asking wind energy generators to power down after all other reasonable actions are taken. During times of high water, federal system operators must run river flow through the hydroelectric system rather than spilling it over the dams to comply with environmental rules about protecting fish. Renewable energy advocates have said that the danger to salmon from water spilling has been overstated.

Read more at Sustainable Business Oregon.

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