Wind power surpasses hydro

Wind power surpasses hydro

Wind energy hit a new generation record of 4,289 megawatts, surpassing water energy in the Northwest for the first time.

The wind/water eclipse is primarily the result of BPA's dialing down hydro generation to meet light demand in the early morning.

But it also reflects another surge in wind generation on the Columbia Plateau, including the connection this year of two phases of the massive Shepherd's Flat wind farm in Gilliam and Morrow counties, as well as Puget Sound Energy's Lower Snake Wind farm in southeast Washington. Together, that's an additional 923 megawatts this year added to the region's wind fleet.


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