- Dec 18, 2019 6:31 pm GMT
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Got 18 minutes? Check out this informative video, balancing the forecasts that 'the lights won't go on' with the retirement of coal plants in the Pacific Northwest; and the plans that utilities are making to balance of source and supply of electricity in the future.
Interesting to me is the interview with former BPA Administrator Steve Wright, who talks about the 2001 historic drought that limited the amount of electricity the dams produced. To avoid rolling black outs, Wright's emergency plan to buy back power that BPA already sold to the Aluminum smelters; effectively, although unintentionally, crippling the aluminum industry in that region.
The picture of future electricity supply is still up in the air for the Pacific Northwest. How do you answer the question: Will there be enough electricity after coal plants shut down?