Condon Wind Project - Condon, OR
For utility-scale wind, the NW Wind Center engages diverse stakeholders and disseminates accurate and timely information on wind issues through participation in siting, transmission and integration efforts, as well as regulatory and policy forums and targeted communication efforts. By injecting fact-based information to better inform discussions around the expansion of market opportunities for wind energy development, the NW Wind Center hopes to advance the region toward a more reliable, affordable, and cleaner electricity system. For land-based, utility-scale wind development, or general wind development, these activities will be overseen by Renewable Northwest.
Many opportunities exist in the region to move utility-scale development forward. Five specific strategies have been identified that address issues with significant impact in the region:
- Advance the state-of-the art in resource planning;
- Get regional utilities to consider an Energy Imbalance Market (EIM);
- Incorporation of wind and load forecasts into Northwest operational awareness of the need for balancing reserves;
- Consideration by utilities of 15-minute scheduling;
- Advance the state-of-the art, science based resource planning.
Each of these strategies holds the potential to increase market for wind energy development. Through Renewable Northwest, the NW Wind Center is actively seeking solutions that will reduce barriers to wind devlopment on these issues. More detail on each of these efforts can be found in this section of this site.
For more information on wind issues in this scope contact Renewable Northwest.