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GE study finds wind could stabilise US grid

A report from GE Energy Consulting has found that modern wind turbines could "substantially enhance" the resilience of the US Eastern Interconnection grid. The study, which was sponsored by the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), aimed to find ways for electrical systems to respond to large-scale interruptions in generation, such as multiple power plants going offline. Researchers found that, due to their ability to respond more quickly, wind projects could prove more effective than thermal power stations at preventing a drop in frequencies, power interruptions and even large-scale blackouts. "The conclusions demonstrate that wind power can be more effective in maintaining frequency than thermal generation when wind farms are equipped with grid-friendly controls," said Nicholas Miller, lead author of the study and senior technical director for GE's Energy Consulting business.

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