New transmission lines required to avoid curtailment

2017-01-12 - Windpower Monthly Magazine article by David Weston - January 11, 2017
UNITED STATES: A new report from the Department of Energy (DOE) has found that if a small amount of transmission capacity can be added the US grid network, curtailment can be significantly reduced.

The report Reducing Wind Curtailment through Transmissions Expansion in a Wind Vision Future was complied by the DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

It used the DOE's March 2015 Wind Vision report as its basis to discover how the transmission system would manage 35% of electricity being sourced by wind power — which the DOE said was "plausible" by 2050.

The research discovered, however, that without a significant upgrade of the US western transmission network — on which the report focused — 15.5% of wind power would need to be curtailed due to grid limitations.

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