March 7, 2012 7 Comments
Well, we really need that wind power that Obama talks about don’t? We need it so badly that the Bonneville Power Administration paid a wind farm $50 million last year to shut down their windmills. I’m sure you remember what I’ve said all along: Wind power is peaking power, if you don’t have the base power (that is dependable 24/7) all the peaking power in the world may not help. A good bit of BPA’s hydro is base power unless the Bonneville dam falls down (or the Columbia Nuclear Station goes down) but still unlimited peaking power is not the answer.
Incidentally, BPA is a Federal Agency, from Wikipedia:
The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) is an American federal agency based in the Pacific Northwest. BPA was created by an act of Congress in 1937 to market electric power from the Bonneville Dam located on the Columbia River and to construct facilities necessary to transmit that power. Congress has since designated Bonneville to be the marketing agent for power from all of the federally owned hydroelectric projects in the Pacific Northwest. Bonneville, whose headquarters are located in Portland, Oregon, is one of four regional Federal power marketing agencies within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
Presumably this $50 million will come from the ratepayers but, since this is the DOE I wouldn’t bet much on it.
From Fox News:
But hey, at least they aren’t killing bald eagles when the windmills are shut down.
Hattip to Sara at American Freedom for calling my attention to this.
- Windfall: Keep Your Damn Windmills out of My Backyard! (seattleweekly.com)
- A Look at How Wind Turbines Work (txu.com)
- Green electricity finds few customers (junkscience.com)
- There’s a reason the modern age moved on from windmills (wattsupwiththat.com)
- Bonneville Power Administration files plan to deal with wind farm shutdowns (oregonlive.com)