The Bonneville Power Administration will stick to a plan to curtail wind power in response to high water levels in the hydro system, at least for now.
So the wind power that Bonneville Power, a US Federal Agency, and the right wing GOP and the Obama administration said was just a hobby and could not replace oil and we have to drill baby drill....all turns out to be a lie as the windfarms built in the Northwest are proving TOO SUCCESSFUL, generating TOO MUCH POWER and must be shut down to preserve coal, oil, natural gas and hydro power.
The hydro power that has killed the Columbia River basin ecology, destroying millions of jobs and billions of salmon all to generate hydro power that IS NOT NEEDED due to wind power generation.
Spilling water isn’t always an option because the force of falling water creates bubbles that dissolve as gas in waterways, causing harm to fish and violating the Clean Water Act.
Demonstrating that the claim of "clean hydro power" was always a lie. Spilling the water is the only physically safe way for the salmon spawn to get down river. The turbines kill them like giant pressurized garbage disposals. Now it turns out the spill is also polluting the water by pumping gas into it, this after it sits in unnatural dam created lakes getting too hot.
It is clear by the wind power success that we can eliminate dams completely, such as those on the Snake River that do little power generation due to silting up and do major damage to endangered salmon. It is also clear we could reduce the height of current main stem dams to increase the natural flow rate, building natural stair spillways that would boost salmon production and add 15,000 jobs and billions in new industry per RAND study.
But that is not what the "tax breaks for oil", drill baby drill, spill baby spill, wars for oil gang in DC do even though wind power alone is proving that sustainable energy can do the job with no Middle East oil war costs, not greenhouse gas costs, no destroyed salmon run cost.
If Obama administration were really based on Obama's promise of a green economy, he would not be letting the Federal BPA from destroying the successful, sustainable wind farms and destroying US future.