Transmission & Grid Integration
One of the biggest constraints on wind energy's growth in the U.S. is the capacity of the transmission grid to deliver wind energy to customers. AWEA seeks to transform electric industry practices, including transmission, through advocacy and outreach.
AWEA-SEIA Transmission White Paper, 2/18/09 (PDF, 16.8MB)
AWEA can transform practices through three key objectives:
AWEA encourages transmission organizations, policy makers, and market participants to develop new transmission facilities.
AWEA works with utilities to study cost and reliability impacts of wind integration, and promotes means of reducing those impacts such as wind output forecasting and system operation methods.
AWEA seeks to improve access to transmission interconnection and delivery service for wind energy.
- Proposed Federal Transmission Legislation
- AWEA-SEIA Transmission White Paper: Green Power Superhighways (PDF, 16.8MB)
- AWEA Factsheet: Building a Green Power Superhighway (PDF, 233KB)
- AEP-AWEA Transmission White Paper: Interstate Transmission Vision for Wind Integration (PDF, 208KB)
- AWEA Factsheet: Transmission and Consumer Savings (PDF, 149KB)
- Wind Integration Studies
- Grid Operation Reforms: The Ability of Current U.S. Electric Industry Structure and Transmission Rules to Accommodate High Wind Energy Penetration (PDF, 61KB)
- AWEA Factsheet: Wind and Reliability (PDF, 144KB)
- AWEA Factsheet: Wind, Backup Power and Emissions (PDF, 88KB)
- AWEA Factsheet: Wind Power and Energy Storage (PDF, 172KB)
- AWEA Factsheet: Wind Power and Baseload Power (PDF, 178KB)
- Article: Wind Power and Demand Response (PDF, 508KB)
Reliability Standards and Interconnection
- Background on Ongoing North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Standards Activity (PDF, 96KB)
- AWEA White Paper: Electrical Guide to Utility Scale Wind Turbines (PDF, 1.11MB)
- NERC Special Report: Accommodating High Levels of Variable Generation (PDF, 1.5MB)