Monthly Archives: July 2011

Hydropower dam removal ramps up in the Northwest this Fall

By Scott Learn
The Oregonian

Dam removal picks up steam in the Northwest this fall with the removal of two dams on the Olympic Peninsula’s Elwha River and the Condit Dam in the Columbia River Gorge. Activists are hoping for more. Read More

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As waters ebb, wind farms return to full output

By Tim Fought, Associated Press
The Columbian

PORTLAND — A big spring rise in the Columbia River basin has finally washed out to sea, meaning that turbines in the region’s wind farms are back at full output.

While the basin was awash in runoff from heavy mountain snows and a cold, late spring, generators at dams in the region were producing electricity at full tilt.

At night and on weekends, when demand was low, the Bonneville Power Administration ordered wind farms to shut down, saying there was more electricity than the region needed or could export. Read More

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