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At least they can balance it with hydro power - sometimes!

http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2011/04/bonneville_power...

ohh.. the "humor"

The Bonneville Power Administration wants to shut down Northwest wind farms this spring when hydroelectric dams are generating plenty of electricity as a huge mountain snowpack melts.

The Portland-based BPA may have to limit production from wind farms to free space in the regional power grid, The Seattle Times reported Wednesday.

dont know whether to laugh or cry at bits of news like that

but then i get to bits like this.. and just get angry

For many wind-power producers, a big part of the payback is collecting tax credits. Those credits couldn't be collected during shutdowns

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