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[CU 1792 / March 24, 2017]
High Flows in Columbia, Snake River Basins Cause Flooding, Force Wind Curtailments
High flows in the Columbia and Snake river basins are causing headaches for river managers and grid operators. In recent days BPA began curtailing generation in its balancing authority area as an abundance of hydroelectricity took over the grid.
Groups Try to Rally Support Against PSE’s Energize Eastside Project
Opponents of Puget Sound Energy’s proposed Energize Eastside transmission line have taken to their keyboards to rally support against the project. Opposition groups sent a trio of letters recently to various local leaders and the Washington UTC questioning assumptions in PSE’s analysis of the project.
PacifiCorp’s GHG Emissions Drop in 2016; More Renewables, Coal-Operations Changes Big Factors
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PacifiCorp’s greenhouse gas emissions dropped 12 percent, or 6 million tons, in 2016, the utility announced March 20. A 41-percent increase in renewable-energy generation on the utility’s system is responsible for most of those emissions cuts. But the utility says a change in operations at its coal units in Utah also played a big part.
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