Through its expertise, Hydro-Québec intends to become a world benchmark in bringing wind power onto a large power grid.
Given the fact that wind fluctuates according to local weather conditions, wind farm output is subject to considerable variation, though partly predictable, over time. This variability is added to the uncertainties of electricity demand, runoff fluctuations and equipment outages that system operators must already deal with.
Integrating wind power into a large, primarily hydroelectric generating fleet presents a real challenge. Hydro-Québec is therefore developing cutting-edge expertise in order to:
Consequently, Hydro-Québec TransÉnergie will have to do a great deal of work on the transmission system to ensure safe, reliable transmission of electricity supplied by the various wind farms in Québec.
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