It's possible, AWB President Don Brunell writes in his weekly column.
The reason is due to the volatile nature of wind power. If the wind is blowing too strong or too weak, wind turbines cannot operate. That means energy suppliers need to have a backup source ready to go.
Ironically, the more wind power we add, the more backup power is required.
For now, that largely means hydropower here in Washington. But the long-term future of hydro is uncertain, Brunell writes. The Bonneville Power Administration says that reserves are dwindling, and they could diminish even faster if U.S. District Court James Redden has his way and more water is spilled through the dams for migrating fish without going through electric turbines.
Natural gas is another option, but that means clean, renewable wind power will leave a greater carbon footprint.
Fortunately, here in Washington there is a solution, Brunell writes: Nuclear power.
Read the full column here.