Connecting a Good Neighbor to the Power Grid: Electrical Power Studies Important for Wind Power Plants

by Dave Mueller

Wind plants require much engineering, and electric power studies are a fundamental part of that engineering effort. These studies ensure safe and reliable operation of the power grid with the wind plant connected. Their objectives are to assess the impact of the wind plant on the transmission grid and determine the rating and sizing for the wind plant equipment. Wind power plant (WPP) studies are classified under two main categories: system interconnection and the balance of plant operation.

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