Wind curtailment could be over

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Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Bonneville Power Administration officials are cautiously optimistic that oversupply season—when wind farms must be shut down due to an abundance of hydro power— is coming to an end.

In all, BPA asked wind farm operators to power down four times so far this spring starting at the end of April, for a total loss of 20,333 megawatt hours of wind energy generation.

If the season is over — something that a heavy June rainfall could reverse — it will have proven to be much tamer in terms of oversupply compared to the heavy spring runoff of 2011 during which 97,557 megawatt hours of wind energy generation was lost due to curtailment.

Read more at Sustainable Business Oregon.

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