The Utility Wind Interest Group is to organize a project to study the impact of wind generation on electricity system operations. The project will analyse the impact of significant amounts of intermittent generation from sources such as wind farms on the real-time operation and short-term planning for US networks.

A recent surge in the development of wind power in the USA has stimulated the 12 month study, which will be carried out by Electrotek Concepts, an Arlington-based company. Case study data will be supplied by Xcel Energy and Bonneville Power Administration (BPA). The project will also used performance data collected by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory from several wind energy plants. It is hoped that the study will enable costs of wind-generated energy to be compared fairly with energy from other sources, and help wind power producers decide how much wind power they should develop.