Northwest Hydropower News Archives 2010 & Older

Category: Wind Power

Transmission lines key to BPA wind power plans

By Kathie Durbin The Columbian What if you built a wind farm and couldn’t get the energy to market? Despite a decade-long wind energy boom that has turned the upper Columbia River Plateau into one long horizon of slowly rotating … Read on 

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Search is on for a solution to balance Northwest power

Federal agency reaches agreement with one developer to provide its own backup resources By Nathalie Weinstein Daily Journal of Commerce When Northwest winds aren’t blowing, the energy grid compensates automatically by tapping into hydropower sources operated by the Bonneville Power … Read on 

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Reaping the Wind

‘Community Wind’ takes a village By Keri Brenner The Dalles Chronicle WASCO – Ormand Hilderbrand says he “now knows the real meaning of ‘going for broke’” after spending five years working to launch Oregon’s first small, independently developed wind farm. … Read on 

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No more give in the NW power grid

By Ted Sickinger The Oregonian On the afternoon of May 19, in a single chaotic hour, more than a thousand wind turbines in the Columbia River Gorge went from spinning lazily in the breeze to full throttle as a storm … Read on 

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BPA makes changes, knows which way the wind blows

By Staff Odessa Record As winds picked up May 12, the Bonneville Power Administration warned wind farms at 6:29 p.m. to prepare to shut down the wind turbines in four minutes. The turbines were generating about 600 megawatts more power … Read on 

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As wind power booms, so do the challenges

The revolution happening along the Columbia River is full of promise. But wind power is fickle, and keeping our energy system running smoothly has become “the great economic and engineering challenge of our time.” By Hal Bernton Seattle Times CENTERVILLE, … Read on 

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Tieton Hydro Dam sold to California Power Authority

Need for electricity also makes county a good windpower candidate, company’s owner says By Randy Luvaas Yakima Valley Business Times California’s thirst for Northwest electrical power just keeps growing. A Goldendale family corporation has sold its hydroelectric plant at Rimrock … Read on 

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