On February 13, 2017, the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) became the first regional transmission organization (RTO) in North America to serve more than half of its load from wind energy.
Increases to the installed capacity of wind and other renewable generation assets are changing the way that grid operators manage the grid. This increase in wind generation is compelling RTOs, particularly SPP, MISO, and ERCOT, to prepare to operate the grid with exceedingly high wind-penetration scenarios. Grid operators will continue to come up the learning curve as they manage greater penetrations of variable generation resources.
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Additional Contributing Author: Michael Morley
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