A new study presents a case for California regulators to turn to Wyoming wind power to help offset the natural ups and downs of wind and solar power generated in their state.
The report released Monday by the University of Wyoming Wind Energy Research Center says Wyoming wind could help California save water – over a billion gallons a year.
Wyoming wind also could help California utility customers pay less as their state looks to get one-third of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020.
The reason for those savings is Wyoming’s wind patterns tend to be opposite of those in California. The wind in Wyoming tends to blow more when it’s less windy in California.
The report says wide distribution of wind and solar power makes renewables more feasible.