Wind Power

Monday, November 19, 2012

Earth, Wind and Fire...Mostly Wind.

Posted By on Mon, Nov 19, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Have you been outside today?

We're watching the wind gusts from the floor to ceiling windows in the front of The Source building, and frankly, it's concerning.

We just watched a giant piece of loose plastic and a tumble weed as big as a car crawl their way into traffic on Wall St., the huge pine trees are swaying too much for comfort, and our historic building (built in 1916) is making some weird noises. The shed next door is looking less stable by the minute.


Here's what's happening on 8th St. near Revere. Yikes.

In the middle of writing this blog the power went out here at the office, TWICE. Thank God for autosave.

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Monday, March 26, 2012

Century Center Revamps Website

Finally, a homepage.

Posted By on Mon, Mar 26, 2012 at 8:00 AM

Century CenterThe Century Center has a new website (still under construction) so be sure to check the events calendar for upcoming goodness.

Since its opening the Century Center has quickly become a favorite concert venue in Bend. Who wouldn’t like a location with indoor and outdoor stages and a built in brewery

They have hosted acts like Everclear, Rubblebucket and were the new home of 2011's Bend Roots Revival Festival.


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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Northwest Wind power projects reach 4,000 megawatt milestone.

Northwest wind farms inched past the 4,000 megawatt mark briefly on Sunday, a mark that many analysts did not expect the industry to reach for several more years

Posted By on Wed, Mar 21, 2012 at 2:41 AM

Northwest wind farms inched past the 4,000 megawatt mark briefly on Sunday, a mark that many analysts did not expect the industry to reach for several more years. The electrical output, which peaked at 4,039 megawatts around 3 p.m represented nearly twice the total output of all BPA’s coal, nuclear and gas plants at the same time.

The recent boom in wind development in Oregon, and Washington has brought wind power on faster than forecast with supplies expected to come online before the end of the year, according to the Bonneville Power Administration, which serves as the regional transmission provider, carrying power from wind farms to utilities. It’s also caused a few problems for Bonneville, which has been forced to curtail windpower during high runoff years when federal rules prohibit the Army Corps of Engineers from spilling water over the Columbia Dams due to concerns about the impact on endangered wild salmon and steelhead. The historic runs of those fish have been decimated by the impact from dams and habitat destruction.

BPA recently announced new rules that force customers to reimburse wind power utilities for some of their lost revenue during such events.

At the same time, BPA is working to bring more transmission capacity online to meet the demands of wind power developers and utilities that working to diversify their energy portfolios. BPA is working on a new high voltage line that will allow it add another 3,000 megawatts of wind capacity, according to the agency.



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