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Once Again, Study Confirms Integrating Large Amounts of Wind Works

March 10, 2009

A new study by a Dutch researcher concludes that Dutch power stations can integrate large amounts of wind power with little more than up-to-date, improved wind forecasts.

The study, by a Ph.D. candidate at Delft University of Technology, also concluded that there is no need for storage facilities because new forecasting models make it easier to integrate variable wind conditions into the power system.

"The results show that in the Netherlands we can integrate between 4 gigawatts (GW) and 10 GW into the grid without needing any additional measures," said Lex Hartman, director of corporate development at TenneT, the Dutch grid administrator.

Bart Ummels, the Ph.D. candidate, looked at wind power penetrations up to 12 GW (8 GW offshore), which is enough to meet about one-third of the Netherlands’ demand for electricity. The use of wind power in the Dutch electricity system could lead to a reduction in production costs of $1.9 billion annually and a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions of 19 million tons a year, according to Delft.

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Source: Wind Energy Weekly 1328 (6 March 2009)