Chapter 20

Integration Into National Grids

Jurgen Weiss, T. Bruce Tsuchida,    The Brattle Group, Cambridge, MA, United States    Email:,


In this chapter, we discuss how power generation from wind resources can be successfully integrated into power systems to “keep the lights on” without disturbance. We describe the nature of the challenges posed by wind and the traditional approaches for addressing those challenges incrementally as small amounts of these “alternative” resources are added. We then describe a more holistic vision for accommodating larger amounts of wind at lower total system cost, by co-planning wind expansion with transmission and complementary demand-side resources—particularly ...

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