Micro-hydropower potential in man-made waterways

Michael Giberson Earth Techling reports on the release of the latest report in the U.S. Department of Interior’s efforts to identify opportunities to develop small-scale hydropower projects within the DOI’s current water delivery systems in the Western United States. The goal of DOI’s project was to inventory potentially valuable locations and then invite developers to … More Micro-hydropower potential in man-made waterways

Bonneville Power Administration says no to negative prices again

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

BPA continues not to have a new plan for handling excess renewable power production

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

Too much dam water?

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?

On Hoover Dam

Michael Giberson From Michael Hiltzik, in the Los Angeles Times,  “The false promise of Hoover Dam.” Hiltzik provides a good summary of the political promises and pretenses that allowed the dam to be built in the first place.  He then examines the competing demands for the current and future use of the dam.  I liked … More On Hoover Dam