15 Apr '11, 1am

Bonneville Power May Shut Down Wind Turbines To Protect Salmon

Bonneville Power May Shut Down Wind Turbines To Protect Salmon

Because of the deep mountain snow pack in the US Pacific Northwest, it will be a great year for hydroelectric power generation. That's the good news. Bad news is that hydro-electric dams were designed for more typical flows; and, only so much extra water can be let over the dam or migrating salmon will get the bends. So...Bonneville Power has to optimize the amount flowing through turbines. Because the regional grid can only handle so much power, wind turbine operators in the area will be asked to throttle down to allow more hydroelectric turbine generated electricity to flow: hence my headline. The national political upshot is outlined below.

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/04/bonneville-power-...

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