NYISO: New York’s Grid Can Handle More Wind

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Wind generation could be increased by over five times the amount currently operating in New York, according to a study issued by the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO).

The report, ‘Growing Wind: NYISO 2010 Wind Generation Study,’ looks at expanding wind power from the existing 1,275 MW to 8,000 MW by 2018. The new analysis was undertaken because a previous study done in 2004 analyzed only 3,300 MW of wind generation. There are now more than 7,000 MW of proposed wind projects that have been submitted to the NYISO for potential interconnection to the New York power grid.

The study found that any operational requirements associated with integrating sufficient wind generation could be addressed, paving the way for the fulfillment of the state's goal of having 30% of the state's electricity supplied by renewable resources by 2015.

Focusing on the technical and operation issues associated with the addition of such a large amount of wind power, the study found that transmission upgrades and additional regulation service would be required. Regulation is the moment-to-moment balancing of load with changes in generation. The cost of the additional regulation service was not estimated by the study. Complementary energy-storage technologies, such as batteries and flywheels, are being developed to supplement existing regulation service providers.

SOURCE: New York Independent System Operator

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