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UWIG produced the summary in cooperation with the American Public Power Association (APPA), Edison Electric Institute (EEI), and National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). These three utility industry associations represent nearly 100 percent of the utilities in the United States.
UWIG's executive director Charlie Smith, explains that the message is very positive, "We don't see any fundamental technical barriers at the present time to wind penetrations of up to 20 percent of system peak demand, which is far beyond where we are today."
Smith noted that the document focuses on wind's impacts on the operating costs of the non-wind portion of the power system and on wind's impacts on the system's electrical integrity. "The consensus view is that wind power impacts can be managed with proper design and operation of the system."
This information was last updated on 8/9/2011