Status of Wind Energy in Northwest
Last September the above chart was posted to show the trend in wind energy development in the Pacific Northwest over the past twelve or so years.
Another look at the data a few months later, available at http://www.awea.org/projects/, shows that between September 2009 and the end of the calendar year hundreds of additional megawatts of installed capacity was built in the region. A small increment of additional capacity has been added so far this year. Another 720 megawatts is under construction.
Wind Energy Capacity Exceeds Four Lower Snake River Dams
The post last September noted that it was back in 1997 when the Idaho Statesman lit the fuse on the regional debate over the future of the lower Snake River dams that frustrate migration and salmon survival rates to the point where even in the pristine waters of central Idaho Wilderness Areas salmon populations have been chronically depressed and continue a slide towards extinction. Back in 1997 one issue was how to replace the lost electricity supplied by the lower Snake River dams.
Over the years as the debate has dragged on the amount of installed capacity of wind now exceeds the 3,500 aMW of the lower Snake River dams.
Renewable Energy at a Crossroads
The wind, solar, biomass, and geothermal energy sector has grown in fits and starts during the last 30 years — but now may finally have the momentum to become a self-sustaining industry [Read more].
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