Grid Integration – The Wind Program

The Wind Program functions with electrical grid operators, utilities, regulators, and industry to create new strategies for incorporating increasing amounts of wind power to the grid while maintaining economic and reliable operation of the grid.Utilities have been increasingly deploying wind power to provide portions of power generation.

However, many utilities also express concerns regarding wind power’s potential impacts on electric power system operations, because wind’s variability adds uncertainty beyond what exists due to variations in power demand (also called load).

These concerns, if not satisfactorily addressed, could limit the growth potential of wind power.As the nation moves toward a power system with higher penetrations of wind energy, it’s increasingly critical for grid operators to understand how they’re able to reliably integrate large amounts of wind power into system operations; additionally, it is very important to produce capabilities that empower these new wind installations to actively improve the energy quality of the electrical grid.

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