Wind Diversity/Correlation Study – Columbia River Gorge/Vancouver Island
the public release of study results (“Wind Diversity /Correlation Study
– Vancouver Island” or the “Study”) conducted in collaboration with the
Bonneville Power Administration (“BPA” – a
agency) comparing wind energy regimes of the Columbia River Gorge
(within the utility region managed by BPA) with a wind energy regime
located on the northern tip of Vancouver Island,
The conclusions of the Study indicated that for the time period
selection of detailed data analysis (measurements taken every 10
minutes throughout 2007), the average monthly and diurnal wind pattern
of the Vancouver Island site was complementary to the Columbia River
Gorge region’s average annual and diurnal wind pattern. Furthermore,
the winter peaking monthly pattern of the Vancouver Island site in 2007
indicated 47% to 66% capacity factors during BPA’s top 500 load hours
As the volume of installed wind energy within the BPA service territory
has increased dramatically over the past few years,
Administrator of BPA, has referred to wind integration as “the
technical challenge of our times”.
noted “Given the increasing size and frequency of wind ramps in the
Lower Columbia region, this study provides some very useful insights
about the potential benefits of expanding the geographical diversity of
wind development in the Pacific Northwest.”
“highlights that variable wind energy from any single region combined
with neighboring wind energy resources having different generation
patterns, can together result in a renewable electricity supply with
far higher reliability and availability than if simply utilized as
individual and local sources of energy.”
However, he noted that capturing the enhanced value that can be derived
from combining geographically diverse wind energy sources could most
effectively be achieved when ample transmission capacity is available
to transfer the power from one region to the other.
Sea Breeze Power Corp. greatly appreciates the participation of BPA in
the execution of the Study, particularly with regard to the comparative
statistical analysis of the two regions.
A copy of the study results may be accessed through the following link:
ON BEHALF ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
“PAUL B. MANSON”
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SOURCE Sea Breeze Power Corp.