08 Feb '12, 10pm

Surplus Renewable Energy: An Update

Last year I wrote about sudden surges in renewable energy that set up a conflict between wind producers in the Pacific Northwest and the Bonneville Power Administration, a federal agency that runs hydroelectric dams and the regional grid. When unseasonable storms created a simultaneous surplus of wind and water, Bonneville gave free power away but still had to deal with an oversupply that could overwhelm the grid. Matthew Ryan Williams for The New York Times The Kittitas Valley wind farm near Ellenburg, Wash. Eventually it resorted to unplugging the wind machines because routing excess water around its dams could create excess bubbles in the river, hurting salmon. The Federal Energy Regulatory Administration eventually ruled that Bonneville had been wrong to unplug the machines because this was discriminating against the wind producers, and this week, Bonneville proposed a...

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