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BPA orders NW wind farms to curtail production

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The Bonneville Power Administration twice ordered Pacific Northwest wind farms to cut production in recent days because it has a surplus of power from hydroelectric dams.

The agency, which manages much of the power grid in the Northwest, confirmed it issued the orders during the early morning hours of Sunday and Monday, when demand is low.

The action rekindles a dispute from last year, when the agency curtailed wind turbines because the water from a large mountain snowpack left the region with more hydropower than the electrical grid could handle.

Michael Milstein, a BPA spokesman, said spring runoff has picked up in the past month or two. "Originally it wasn't looking like that wet of a year, but that has changed," he said.

The agency controls a majority o


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puinsai808
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 10:20:14 AM

Interesting.
52MPG
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Message Posted: May 2, 2012 7:37:15 AM

The problems of greene power.
Ken2OD
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 11:34:51 PM

What the hell is wrong with those A-WHOLES. Sell the power to California.

[Edited by: Ken2OD at 5/1/2012 11:35:31 PM EST]
Fitwit
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 11:13:43 PM

For now.
cashpayer
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 10:54:59 PM

Ironic indeed.
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 10:43:01 PM

Ironic
Blue48
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 10:25:30 PM

WHAT A PROBLEM..TO MUCH POWER!
cashpayer
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 10:23:12 PM

Sounds to me like SUPRA1987 has a good idea. I also don't know why excess power can't be sold to other areas. Are our power grids so out of date they can't do that?
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 10:00:07 PM

Well, there will be less ethanol sold, but where are the vehicles that are going to burn all this excess natural gas?
itsjustme719
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 9:37:47 PM

Too bad they couldn't store the excess for when demand is high.
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 9:28:41 PM

mmmmm
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 9:28:23 PM

So, why aren't they selling their excess on the open market?
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 9:27:55 PM

Ok
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 9:27:33 PM

Osama Bin Laden is dead(Happy Anniversary!) and GM is alive....

Barack 2012 ! come on November!

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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 9:26:54 PM

To much electricity. That kind of takes the wind out of all those folks who worry about other folks who are plugging their cars into the grid. Sounds like BPA has more power than they know what to do with.
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 9:25:54 PM

Ironic is right. Excessive green enrgynin one area, a death in another
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 9:25:30 PM

k
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 9:23:04 PM

Too bad they can stockpile the water for when the wind is down.
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 9:20:34 PM

The excess capacity could be used in hydrolysis to split water into Hydrogen and oxygen thereby producing a storable fuel that could be converted back into electricity when needed or used for other purposes like Hydrogen powered vehicles.
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 9:19:28 PM

if they have so much of this power why not turn down the nuke plants
and use this so called free power
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 9:18:24 PM

So unproven wind was ordered for an area that was already using hydroelectric. How foolishly can they be spending money?
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 9:16:21 PM

Why isn't the NorthWest getting a rate decrease? I mean......
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 9:14:40 PM

Just too much of a good thing can be bad for ya, right!!!!!!!!
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 9:14:07 PM

ok
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 9:11:23 PM

wonder what is going on ?
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 9:09:47 PM

All part of Obummer's hope and change. Keep your hope and let me keep my change.
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 9:09:04 PM

How's that GREEN ENERGY working for yah?
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 9:07:47 PM

I read about this in today's Post
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 9:04:21 PM

Now this is amazing, but the price will still go up
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 9:02:46 PM

How ironic. Excessive totally clean energy.
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 9:02:03 PM

:(
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 8:53:23 PM

wow
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 8:52:49 PM

But no rate decreases for the NW!
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 8:47:16 PM

more energy than we know what to do with
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 8:47:02 PM

Then Our Electric Should Be Going Way Down....
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 8:44:17 PM

Then everyone should only be paying pennies for their electric bill!
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 8:43:01 PM

why?
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 8:41:01 PM

So the price of electricity is going down for their customers...right?
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 8:40:50 PM

Of course!
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 8:40:05 PM

Too bad it can't be moved to where it's needed
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 8:38:13 PM

Realy!
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 8:38:09 PM

ok
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 8:29:15 PM

Excellent, good to have two sources of green power....ideally new technology will eventually provide a way to store this excess power for future use...
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 8:28:32 PM

without robust transmission capacity variable energy supply like wind and hydro can cause problems
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 8:24:38 PM

This is crazy
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 8:22:38 PM

This is crazy.
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 8:20:13 PM

Say wha'?
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 8:18:10 PM

I agree with Chazzy12 they need to spread that extra electricity out on the grid. Too much electricity, then why the hell do we always have to conserve? and why the heck is it so high???????
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 8:12:50 PM

Sounds like an opportunity for Hydrogen
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 8:11:46 PM

ok
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Use it or lose it.
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