Store Wind Energy Underground

Published on Jul 7, 2013
Wind power is one of the greenest forms of energy, though it’s hardly the most reliable. But scientists think they’ve got a solution for this problem. Trace shows us an amazing new energy storage method that could revolutionize the industry.

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Compressed Air Energy Storage
“In the first project of its kind, the Bonneville Power Administration teamed with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and a full complement of industrial and utility partners to evaluate the technical and economic feasibility of developing compressed air energy storage (CAES) in the unique geologic setting of inland Washington and Oregon.”

FERC upholds previous ruling, asks BPA for equitable cost-sharing plan…
“The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Thursday upheld its year-ago ruling that found that the Bonneville Power Administration was discriminating against wind power produces in its plan to require wind farms to power down during times of oversupply of power due to high water runoff.”

Not Just Blowing in the Wind: Compressing Air for Renewable Energy Storage…
“Enough Northwest wind energy to power about 85,000 homes each month could be stored in porous rocks deep underground for later use, according to a new, comprehensive study.”

Overview of Compressed Air Energy Storage…
“Compressed Air Energy Storage (CAES) is the term given to the technique of storing
energy as the potential energy of a compressed gas.”

Renewable Energy Standard…
With the passage of Initiative 937 in 2006, Washington became the second state after Colorado to pass a renewable energy standard by ballot initiative.

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