www.windaction.orgfacts, analysis, exposure of wind energy's real impactsWindactionhttp://www.windaction.org/articles/c35+74?theme=atomXarayar2006-06-12T02:16:27ZIdaho Power releases study on impact of small wind farms.78342007-02-08T13:48:39Z2007-02-08T13:48:39ZIt takes energy to maintain energy from small wind farms.
That was the conclusion of Idaho Powerâ€™s study on the impact of wind power, which was released Wednesday.
Among other findings, the Operational Impact report said that small wind farms - those which produce 10 megawatts or fewer - require the assistance of hydroelectric power to compensate for generating fluctuations caused by changes in wind speed.
Idaho Power uses its hydroelectric sources to provide additional energy when small wind farms are unable to stay at predetermined power levels.
The report estimates that it costs Idaho Power $10.72 per megawatt hour to offset such fluctuations. The utility wants wind farm operators to pay that expense.
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Operational Impacts of Integrating Wind Generation into Idaho Power's Existing Resource Portfolio.81972007-02-01T00:00:00Z2007-02-01T00:00:00Z
The objective of this study is to assess the costs that could be incurred by Idaho Power in modifying its operations at the Hells Canyon Complex for â€śintegratingâ€ť or incorporating wind energy onto its system.<
The intermittent and unpredictable nature of wind generation requires a utility to have generating resources available which can increase or decrease generation on short notice in order to keep the interconnected power system balanced. While hydroelectric power plants are well suited for performing this function, there are operational impacts and costs associated with operating Idaho Power hydroelectric plants in a manner that maintains reliability and facilitates integration of energy from wind generation facilities.<
The issues surrounding the integration of wind generation on interconnected power systems are numerous and complex. This study provides a first step toward understanding those issues.