NYISO ready for more wind generation on electricity grid

The New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) announced today that it

has introduced system and operating changes to better utilize New York State’s existing wind resources, and pave the way for continued growth of economical, emission-free, renewable power resources in the Empire State.

(NYISO had announced its plan to do just that last April.)

NYISO contracted with a leading provider of wind resource information (AWS Truewind) to obtain wind power forecasts for each wind power project in the state, based on meteorological data and historical operating characteristics of each. Those data are then fed directly into the NYISO operational systems that determine the balance of load and generation.

NYISO indicates that it is one of the first ISO/RTOs in the country to implement such a system, which is considered a “best practice” in the industry worldwide.

NYISO further reports that as of September 1, 2008, there were over 700 megawatts (MWs) of wind generating capacity in commercial operation in New York state, and that wind capacity in New York is projected to grow to more than 1,200 MW by the summer of 2009.

Full text of the NYISO press release is here.