Runoff effect: BPA has been giving away power and refusing electric energy from non-hydro sources, including wind.
Could it be that windpower is even less efficient than most of its critics contend? The current state of the Columbia River highlights the problem and forced the Bonneville Power Administration to temporarilty change its wind-favoring policies. Too much water coming down the river means they can’t even sell all the power. And spilling through outlet tubes in Grand Coulee Dam is killing tons of fish by super saturating the water with nitrogen.
Classic rock-and-hard-spot scenario with dire consequences for many, including operators of a fish farm worried for their 2.7 million fish downstream.