Best Reason to Rethink the Number of Dams and Windmills

Abundance of Hydropower

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It sounds kind of like Captain Planet gone wrong, but an overabundance of water this past spring resulted in the Bonneville Power Administration opting for hydro power and shutting down wind farms throughout the Columbia River basin (where's their heart?). That riled a host of energy producers in the area, including PacifiCorp, Iberdrola Renewables, Next Era Energy Resources, Invenergy Wind North America and Horizon Wind Energy. It riled them so much, in fact, that they filed a complaint with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The gist of the tiff: Wind power generators say BPA is using its monopoly to illegally favor its hydro customers.

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