News Release from American Clean Power Association


Wind Industry Profile of

AWEA and CanWEA Wind & Transmission Workshop

March 18 - 19, 2008, Detroit, Michigan

Transmission is the most significant long term barrier to continued wind power expansion and it presents significant challenges for developers in the US and Canada. This workshop will explore ways the wind industry and transmission entities can make more use of existing transmission capacity, work through the logjams in interconnection queues, comply with reliability rules, and expand transmission capacity. Additionally, the workshop will focus on practical actions that are being taken in states and provinces in both Canada and the US.

Program Co-Chairs:

Canada: David Jacobson, Interconnections & Grid Supply Planning Engineer, Manitoba Hydro

U.S.: Don Furman, Senior Vice President / Thermal Generation and Power Origination, PPM Energy, Inc.

Topics to be Covered

Models of successful, proactive transmission development and transmission cost recovery policies

Transmission limits to the growth of Wind Power, such as operational, infrastructure and services

Making new transmission products work for wind companies and transmission providers, including conditional firm service, redispatch, curtailment, and dynamic line ratings

State and Provincial Case Studies & Solutions

Reliability Rules, such as voltage ride-through, reactive power

US federal legislation and Regulatory initiatives in US and Canada

Solutions to Interconnection Queue Logjams

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