For the first time, wind farms plugged into the Bonneville Power Administration network exceeded the output last week of hydroelectric dams in the Northwest.

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For the first time, wind farms plugged into the Bonneville Power Administration network exceeded the output last week of hydroelectric dams in the Northwest.

The Oregonian reports (http://is.gd/5yE2ag) it happened early one morning time when the BPA had dialed down hydro generation because demand was light.

BPA spokesman Doug Johnson said the milestone is a reminder the region still needs a long-term solution to manage an oversupply of power at times from wind and water sources.

A policy manager with an advocacy group, Cameron Yourkowski of the Renewable Northwest Project, says the wind power can lighten the load at a time of year when water flows are low.

Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com