Thursday, January 20, 2005

FERC Proposes New Wind Turbine Interconnection Rules

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission today proposed new regulations that are intended to help remove barriers to wind-generated electricity while also ensuring continued reliability of the national power grid.

The draft rules propose standard technical requirements for hooking wind energy facilities up to the electric grid. According to FERC's press release "the Commission is proposing to require wind plants to demonstrate the ability to continue operation even if a low voltage condition is experienced on the grid, to stabilize voltage levels and help the transmission grid stay in balance. Wind-powered facilities further would be required to have supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) capability to ensure real-time communication with transmission providers. The Commission also is seeking comment on whether there are other generating technologies that should comply with these technical requirements."

The proposed rules will be available in tomorrow's Federal Register. We'll post a link when its on-line

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