A week without wind shows the value of hydro power and the Snake River dams

From the Tri-City Herald

For the eight days beginning on Halloween, Washington state and the Northwest got a stark look at the danger of replacing hydro power with renewables like wind power. During that period of time, there was virtually no wind across the states served by the Bonneville Power Administration, leaving hydro, nuclear, and fossil fuels to make up the gap.

This long spell with virtually no wind (or solar) electricity is a stark warning of what we would face without sufficient hydro or natural gas to back up intermittent supply from wind. Read the rest of the guest opinionĀ here.