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NREL Releases Important Review of Variable Generation and Reserves Needs

August 31, 2011

Operating Reserves and Variable Generation (PDF 2.4 MB)

This report generalizes the requirements of the power system as it relates to the needs of operating reserves. It also includes a survey of operating reserves and how they are managed internationally in system operations today and then how new studies and research are proposing they may be managed in the future with higher penetrations of variable generation.