BPA orders first wind shutdown of the season


The Bonneville Power Administration ordered the temporary shutdown of wind farms twice in recent days due to a surplus of power from hydroelectric dams.

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The Bonneville Power Administration ordered the temporary shutdown of wind farms twice in recent days due to a surplus of power from hydroelectric dams.

The action rekindles a dispute from last year, when the BPA curtailed wind turbines because runoff from snowpack left the region with more power than the grid could handle.

Wind-power companies will be reimbursed for lost revenue. But Jan Johnson, spokeswoman for Iberdrola Renewables, a wind-power developer, said the shutdowns are unacceptable. “Bonneville is unfairly using its control of the federal transmission system to interrupt our generators,” she said.

Read more at The Register Guard.

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