This webinar, the fourth in a series hosted by the Four Corners Wind Resource Center (4CWRC), will provide information on the advances in wind technology and how one of the region’s leading utilities values and manages its wind resource. The 4CWRC focuses on providing information for the states of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming. However, we welcome anyone to participate.
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Karin Wadsack, Project Director, College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences, Northern Arizona University; Four Corners Wind Resource Center
Value and Services of a Modern Wind Turbine
Mark Rush, Technical Director, Renewable Energy Sales, GE Power and Water
Nationally wind energy is the fastest growing energy resource. What are the characteristics of this energy resource?
Mr. Rush will provide information on characteristics of wind turbines, expected improvements and new opportunities with low-speed wind turbines.
GE Renewable Energy is one of the world's largest wind turbine manufacturers, with over 25,000 turbines installed globally. They offer turbines in a range of rated capacities from 1.7 MW to 3.2 MW.
The Value of Wind Energy – A Utility’s Perspective
Steve Beuning, Director, Market Operations, Xcel Energy
When a utility adds wind power to its energy portfolio what value does it bring? How do utilities manage this variable resource? What operational and system modifications are necessary, if any, to assimilate wind energy into a utility’s energy generation?
Mr. Beuning will share Xcel Energy's experience managing wind energy that provided 15% of the company’s aggregate annual energy supply in 2014 and an hourly supply high of 61% for its operating company, Public Service Company of Colorado. Mr. Beuning will also discuss the value of wind for the utility and operational and system modifications made for efficient integration.
Xcel Energy is a regional leader in the integration of wind energy, managing a wind portfolio of 6,419 MW.