Portland, Ore.-based Bonneville Power
Administration (BPA) reports that, for the first time, the amount of
wind power being delivered to customers via its transmission lines
has exceeded 1,000 MW.
"Within just a few years, we've seen more wind projects come online,
and BPA has been working quickly to connect the new projects into
the regional power grid," says Brian Silverstein, BPA’s vice
president of planning and asset management. "States are calling for
adding more clean, renewable sources of energy to the region's power
supply and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This is clear evidence
that power providers are responding and taking action to address the
region's changing needs."
Three states that include many of the utilities served by BPA -
Washington, Oregon and Montana - have enacted legislation requiring
utilities to phase in additional renewable energy sources over time.
The Northwest Power and Conservation Council's Fifth Northwest Power
Plan anticipates wind power will play a major role in meeting the
region's future demand for electricity. The plan foresees the
development of up to 5,000 MW of new wind power over its 20-year
planning period. To date, BPA has connected 13 wind projects into
the region's transmission grid.
According to BPA, the agency is working with utilities and other
stakeholders in the region to develop approaches to effectively
manage the variability of wind power to meet consumer demand.