Renewable Generation, Integration of

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The integration of renewable generation consists of all of the changes in power system operations that are required in order to allow renewable generation sources to play a significant role in the electricity system. The impacts are mostly due to variable generation (VG), like wind and solar power. Historically these technologies have been labeled as intermittent generation, but recent trendsprefer the label variable generation. Variable generators have a maximum available generation limit that changes with time (variability) and this limit is not known with perfect accuracy (uncertainty). This uncertainty and variability is in addition to that of the existing system and can therefore create additional challenges for grid operators to maintain their current levels of reliability.
Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology
EditorsRobert A. Meyers
StatePublished - 2012

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CH-5500-51524


  • electricity
  • power systems
  • renewable generation
  • variable generation


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