GLRPPR Sector Resource: Variable Renewable Generation Can Provide Balancing Control to the Electric Power System
Variable Renewable Generation Can Provide Balancing Control to the Electric Power System
As wind and solar plants become more common in the electric power system, they may be called on to provide grid support services to help maintain system reliability. For example, through the use of inertial response, primary frequency response, and automatic generation control (also called secondary frequency response), wind power can provide assistance in balancing the generation and load on the system. These active power (i.e., real power) control services have the potential to assist the electric power system in times of disturbances and during normal conditions while also potentially providing economic value to consumers and variable renewable generation owners. This one-page, two-sided fact sheet discusses the grid-friendly support and benefits renewables can provide to the electric power system.
U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Wind Program
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