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PGE plans to retool plant to meet the flucuations in area Wind Farms December 11, 2008

Filed under: Oregon,Utility Companies,Wind — nwrenewablenews @ 11:53 am
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Now, instead of adding another standard, combined-cycle turbine to the power plant as the original plans called for, PGE proposes creating a more flexible type of power plant – one that would meet the area’s increasing demand for renewable energy.

The new addition would make the Port Westward plant “a highly efficient and environmentally responsible plant designed for maximum flexibility,” said Elaina Medina, PGE spokeswoman. “It will help meet a growing need for flexibility as more renewable energy, like wind, comes online in the Northwest and PGE access to Columbia River hydroelectric power is reduced.”

To do that, PGE must change the design of the power plant addition and install a flexible turbine that would run on natural gas or distillate fuel.

PGE built a $287 million, 400-megawatt, natural gas-fired power plant at the Port Westward site in July of 2007. The original site certificate, authorized by the Oregon Department of Energy, allowed PGE to build a second turbine at the site, to be built in a separate phase from the first 400-megawatt unit.


3 Responses to “PGE plans to retool plant to meet the flucuations in area Wind Farms”

  1. Alexander Says:

    Full truth about wind turbines is never told by lobbyists and gvts.
    How could the very weak and extremely unreliable initial energy source of a wind turbine ever produce a steady power of any significance ? Please think ! And read “Windenergy- the full truth”

  2. nwrenewablenews Says:

    Actually Wind Energy is the future, that is why companies are developing flexible power plants to work with this technology to provide reliability in the power grid. The unreliability you describe will completely disappear once more facilities like this are built. Add to that the fact that when 50 or more wind farms are on the same grid, reliability is not a factor at all.

    Reliability of Wind is just an issue right now, because we are in the infancy of its development, once the industry catches up and more farms go on-line it won’t be an issue at all.

    Also wind farms are hardly weak. The technology used is far advanced from older farms that are used in Europe and elsewhere 10-20 years ago.

    And as far as wind producing steady energy, it is well known in the power industry that if 20% of the planets wind resources were harnessed, it would produce 7 times the electricity as the entire planet currently uses each year. Truth be told, wind energy is the steadiest power source available when looked at as a whole. On the local level, wind combined with solar and another flexible power source like a co-gen plant is just as reliable as any coal or nuclear source.

    Thanks for the post.

  3. Katie Says:

    Actually, the wind farms in Montana are already exceeding the production estimates. The Judith Gap wind farm has blown expectations! The proof is in the output and it’s happening. This is all about the location.

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