Quotes from System Operators

I have been catching up on some reading of wind publications, and came across an interesting article in WindSight. The article is titled “System Operators find Integration Solutions”.

“We’ve gotten over the variability of wind. It’s variable and that’s fine. We’re going to deal with it.” Kim Warren, Ontario Independant Electricity System Operator.

“It’s (variability) one of the things that people throw out as a potential obstacle to development of wind on a large scale, but operators are very flexible people and they’ll figure out how to optimize it and make it efficient. So I kind of want to put that (variability argument) to rest.” John Norden, Independant System Operator, New England.

“It means we that we’re going to have to mobilize the capabilities of the other assets that we have at our disposal.” Kim Warren.
“Loads can contibute to balancing quite easily.” (along with hydro, and fossil generating units).

The Midwest ISO combined 23 control areas in its region into one. “That helped the people in the western areas that had fairly small load areas and a lot wind that they couldn’t control. Now it’s spread over 106,000 MW, so we have a lot less variability.” Dale Osborn, Midwest Independant System Operator.

“If we can work together more broadly on a regional basis and in regional markets, I think we’ll be able to accommodate an awful lot more renewables by taking advantage of the differenct characteristics of the different systems to be able to work together and balance the variability.” Paul Murhphy, CEO, Ontario IESO.

So there you have it. Use of existing dispatchable generation resources, dispatchable loads, large catchment areas, and integration of markets allow substantial use of variable output renewable energy. This is exactly what the renewable industry has been saying, and it is exactly what they have done in other jurisdictions.

And it is also what the people who run our electricity systems are saying.

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