Western governors' report highlights utility integration reform needs
A recent report commissioned by the Western Governors’ Association makes a solid case for implementing a number of transmission system operating reforms that will facilitate wind integration and generally make the system operate more efficiently in the Western U.S.
The report was prepared by the Regulatory Assistance Project, and it explores ways to integrate renewable energy sources in the most cost-effective manner. The report tackles many issues important to wind power, comprehensively presenting the benefits of
• sub-hourly generation dispatch and transmission scheduling,
• an Energy Imbalance Market,
• dynamic transfers,
• improving wind and solar energy forecasting,
• building transmission and using balancing area cooperation to take advantage of the geographic diversity of renewable resources,
• improving management of grid operating reserves,
• increasing and improving the use of demand response, and
• obtaining more flexibility from existing and new generation resources.
The report urges utilities, states and other jurisdictions to work collaboratively to accelerate reforms.
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