Testimony on Wind Power: Opportunities and Impediments


Testimony on Wind Power: Opportunities and Impediments
New York City Council Oversight Hearings
Committees on Environmental Protection & Technology

Nancy Anderson, Ph.D.
Executive Director, The Sallan Foundation

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Here are three opportunities a smart grid offers for wind power. First, since the power of wind is stochastic, the power-source switching capacity of a smart grid would improve reliability and service by integrating electric power from multiple sources. Second, development and deployment of electric power storage batteries would permit the seamless integration of wind into the power grid and facilitate demand management. Third, IBM is analyzing its smart grid pilot project in Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula to gain insights into customer behavior when confronted with new rate structures that vary with time of day and system wide power demand. This analysis should prove useful for making wind power consumer friendly and making regulators better informed.