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Study Finds Interconnection can Withstand First Crucial Minute after Grid Disturbance

Published by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and General Electric Energy Consulting, The Western Wind and Solar Integration Study Phase 3 found that, with good system planning, sound engineering practices, and commercially available technologies, the Western Interconnection can withstand the crucial first minute after large grid disturbances with high penetrations of wind and solar on the grid (e.g., loss of a large power plant or a major transmission line). Acceptable dynamic performance of the grid in the fractions of a second to 1 minute following a large disturbance is critical to system reliability.

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Taken on November 5, 2013