Editors Note: The article below was written by Martin LaMonica, Greentech Media, and cross-posted by Midwest Energy News. Here is an excerpt:
Wind energy suffers from an image problem: because it’s intermittent, wind complicates the grid’s operation and requires fossil fuel power plants for backup. But wind farms could actually improve power reliability in an economic way, according to a recent study.
In an analysis, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) showed that wind farms can quickly change their output to provide frequency regulation, a service grid operators rely on to ensure reliable power delivery. The finding could change how regulators, grid operators and wind-farm owners view wind energy.
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