Utility Grid Integration
NREL researchers analyzed research data collected from this wind farm in Lawton, Oklahoma, to determine the impacts of wind energy on systems operations.
The integration of wind energy into the electric generation industry's supply mix is one of the issues industry grapples with. The natural variability of the wind resource raises concerns about how wind can be integrated into routine grid operations, particularly with regard to the effects of wind on regulation, load following, scheduling, line voltage, and reserves.
At NREL, researchers work with wind developers and electricity suppliers, using a range of methods, tools, and analyses to further the understanding of the economic and operational effects of wind generation on the electric supply system. Learn more about NREL's work with utility grid integration at our Transmission Grid Integration site.