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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Can wind power actually improve grid reliability?

Wind does not blow all the time. For that reason, wind power's variability, uncertainty, and inability to respond to demands for electricity compared to conventional energy generation have all been viewed as impediments to reliability of the nation’s electricity grid, and knocks against wind power. But according to a new study from the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), wind power can actually improve electricity systems reliability – perhaps better than conventional energy generation.

Active Power Controls from Wind Power: Bridging the Gaps is a study that NREL undertook with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the University of Colorado.

“The study’s key takeaway is that wind energy can act in an equal or superior manner to conventional generation when providing active power control, supporting the system frequency response, and improving reliability,” according to NREL.

Will these findings be game-changing for wind power?


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