The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) says that wind turbines on its transmission system generated over 3,000 MW for the first time on Feb. 22, producing enough electricity to serve a city three times the size of Seattle for an hour.
Wind generation on BPA's system surpassed the new milestone at 2:55 p.m. on Tuesday, reaching a new all-time peak of 3,006 MW. BPA expects to have between 5,000 MW and 6,000 MW of wind connected to its system by 2013. The number of wind generation sites contributing to this record now totals 35. These wind farms include more than 2,100 turbines, primarily located east of the Columbia River Gorge.
In order accommodate 6,000 MW or more of wind, BPA says it is expanding and reinforcing the transmission system to support wind integration. The agency is also exploring measures to balance wind more effectively, developing other sources of generation to balance wind and forming partnerships with other utilities and the wind community to expand wind integration even further.
SOURCE: Bonneville Power Administration