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Spring Wind and Rain: Too Much of a Good Thing?

June 21, 2012

In his June 20 "Plugged In" article for the Daily Journal of Commerce, Jeff Cronn discusses the problem of excess energy supply facing Bonneville Power Administration. As a result of a wet winter and heavy spring runoff sent through Snake and Columbia River Dams, more power was produced on the transmission grid than customers could use. So far this year, BPA has required wind farm operators to power down four times in response.