BPA meters improve wind power

Anemometers installed by the BPA will be a factor in the development of the Northwest’s wind power.

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The Bonneville Power Administration installed the first of 14 anemometers in and around the Columbia River Gorge, meant to improve the integration of wind and hydropower sources.

Another 13 anemometers will be installed on towers in locales including Hood River, Shaniko, and Sunnyside and Horse Heaven, Wash., by October. The instruments will serve on the front lines of a complex wind forecasting system expected to be in place by September 2010, said Katie Pruder, Bonneville Power spokeswoman.

“The forecasters can have screens right there on their desk and have real-time wind generation and next-hour wind forecasts,” she noted. “They can see the wind being generated in real time.”

Read the full story at the Portland Tribune.

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