Monday, April 9, 2012

Excess energy: The Northeast would love such a problem

If you live in an energy-deficit state like New Jersey or New York, where some folks are battling against new high-power energy lines, new gas-powered electricity plants and someday maybe even against the expansion of existing nuclear generating facilities,
reports of  "excess" energy might sound like a cruel April Fool's joke.

But it's a reality in the Pacific Northwest where spring rain, warmer temperatures, snow melt and blustery wind are combining to generate more hydro and wind electricity than anyone can use. That might be good for electricity customers but it's bad for wind-farm owners who are being forced to curtail production and stand to lose millions of dollars in the process.

The Oregonian explains it all in:
BPA braces for strong spring runoff, excess power and wind power cuts 


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