Monday, February 14, 2005

State Study Concludes the New York Power System has Capacity for Dramatic Increase In Wind Power

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) published the final draft of a technical study on the integration of wind energy into the New York power grid last week.

The draft report, entitled The Effects of Integrating Wind Power on Transmission System Planning, Reliability, and Operations, concludes that the NY state power grid can support up to 3300 MW of wind power generation without substantial changes in the planning, operations, or reliability of the transmission system. Lss than 50 MW of wind power is currently generated in-state.

According to the report, pushing the state's wind energy supply to 3300 MW, or 10% of NY's peak power load, would reduce emissions and, contrary to some views, result in measurable cost savings - decreasing the "zonal spot prices" utilities pay to system operators by as much as 10%.

NYSERDA will be accepting comments on the Draft Final Report through the close of business on Friday, February 18, 2005. Comments may be submitted to rps@nyserda.org.

Renewable Energy Access.com and Poughkeepsie Journal have more on the report.

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