Chapter 10

Wind Power Grid Integration and Environmental Issues

Abstract

The unpredictable and intermittent nature of wind power presents challenges for grid operators, particularly when large volumes of wind power are connected to a grid. In addition, the best wind generation sites are often far from established grids or centers of demand and require additional transmission capacity. In some cases the addition of wind power will necessitate the reconfiguration of existing grids to cope with new flow patterns. One important tool for managing wind capacity is accurate weather forecasting. Another is the use of alternative sources of power to support wind power. This may be a fast acting combined cycle power plant or some form of energy storage ...

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