Survey of Variable Generation Forecasting in the West: August 2011 - June 2012

Research output: NRELSubcontract Report


This report surveyed Western Interconnection Balancing Authorities regarding their implementation of variable generation forecasting, the lessons learned to date, and recommendations they would offer to other Balancing Authorities who are considering variable generation forecasting. Our survey found that variable generation forecasting is at an early implementation stage in the West. Eight of theeleven Balancing Authorities interviewed began forecasting in 2008 or later. It also appears that less than one-half of the Balancing Authorities in the West are currently utilizing variable generation forecasting, suggesting that more Balancing Authorities in the West will engage in variable generation forecasting should more variable generation capacity be added.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages56
StatePublished - 2012

Bibliographical note

Work performed by Exeter Associates, Columbia, Maryland

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/SR-5500-54457


  • variable generation forecasting
  • Western Interconnection Balancing Authorities
  • wind


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