Michael Giberson From the Yakima Herald-Republic, “Ebb and flow of wind power stress NW power grid,” a report of the challenges in keeping the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) transmission grid balanced when power output from wind farms varies quickly: In the space of one hour last month, electricity generated at wind farms in the eastern … More Balancing swings in power from wind farms on the Bonneville Power Administration grid
Michael Giberson From time to time a promoter of wind power will encourage the U.S. to follow Denmark’s lead and aim for a much higher levels of wind power on the grid. (Recently Denmark’s legislature established a goal of attaining 50 percent of its energy from wind power by 2020.) A working paper by Johannes … More Danish wind power ♥s Norwegian hydropower
Michael Giberson The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) Administrator has adopted interim Environmental Redispatch and Negative Pricing Policies to deal with potential overgeneration conditions on the BPA power system. In brief, BPA plans to employ “Environmental Dispatch” rules for operating the power system in a manner conducive to BPA meeting various legal and regulatory constraints; the … More Bonneville Power Administration says no to negative prices again
Michael Giberson From the Eugene, Oregon Register-Guard, “Critics say BPA drops ball while juggling its power“: So much electricity flooded Pacific Northwest powerlines last spring — thanks to rainy, stormy weather powering hydroelectric and wind turbines — that this spring, a federal agency wants the option of turning off wind turbines to keep the system from … More BPA still won’t pay negative prices to get wind power producers to curtail
Michael Giberson At a December 2010 meeting, the federal Bonneville Power Agency announced that it would not pay wind power producers in its area to curtail during overgeneration events that sometimes result from the way the agency manages water flow through hydropower facilities to comply with environmental regulations. When reservoirs are full, the BPA’s dams … More BPA won’t pay negative prices to get wind power producers to curtail
Michael Giberson From The Oregonian, “BPA, wind developers argue over looming problem of too much power from renewables.” In sum: “The BPA has backed away from formally implementing the wind-curtailment plan, a move that renewables advocates applauded. But it hasn’t come up with an alternative. ” The looming problem involves moments on the Bonneville Power … More BPA continues not to have a new plan for handling excess renewable power production
Michael Giberson Matthew Wald at the New York Times Green blog reports on the Bonneville Power Administration’s problem of having too much water and wind power at the same time. For about 5 days in early June, storms producing wind and rainwater led to a lot of wind power and too much water in the … More Too much dam water?