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New IEA report compares wind integration studies

09.10.2009

Widening the geographical area from which the wind produces power reduces variability and forecasting errors, concluded the International Energy Agency’s Task 25 on Power Systems with Large Amounts of Wind Power in its final report summary.

The report, which was published in September, brings together and compares different studies of the impact of wind integration into the system.

It also suggests that intra-day and intra-hour trading between different balancing areas would also reduce forecasting errors, as well as allowing low-cost balancing.

The report stresses the importance of taking wind’s variability into account, and makes recommendations for future wind integration studies such as capturing system characteristics through simulations, examining costs independent of tariff design structure and comparing the costs and benefits of wind power.

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