Can wind power both Portland and Seattle?

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Bonneville Power Administration reports a milestone in wind energy this month.

The federal agency that distributes electricity produced in the Northwest says wind turbines in Eastern Oregon and Eastern Washington hit a peak of more than 2,000 megawatts for an hour on Aug. 5.

That was enough electricity to power Seattle and Portland for that hour, and double the peak recorded in January 2008.

BPA Administrator Steve Wright says wind power is ramping up quickly and the agency expects to reach 6,000 megawatts of wind power in the next five years.

BPA is building new high-voltage transmission lines to carry power produced by wind farms. Those lines are to be operational by 2012.

(Copyright 2009 The Associated Press)

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