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The New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) has reported that the amount of wind power generation in New York State grew by 300% in the past year. By the end of March, New York's installed wind capacity totaled 1,274 MW, up from 424 MW in March 2008.

Another 8,017 MW of wind power project proposals have been submitted by developers to be studied by the NYISO for interconnection to the grid.

"Wind is the fastest-growing source of power generation in New York state, and wind farms are the single largest segment of future power projects on the horizon," says Stephen G. Whitley, NYISO president and CEO. "As New York's grid operator, the NYISO is working to effectively integrate wind into the power system."

The NYISO has undertaken several wind-related initiatives, including the following:

- establishing a centralized wind forecasting system in 2008, which uses frequent meteorological updates from wind power projects to predict their energy production for use by the NYISO's electricity dispatching systems;

- proposing - for implementation in May - to become the first grid operator to fully integrate wind resources with economic dispatch of electricity; and

- proposing new market rules to expand the use of new energy storage technologies, such as flywheels and advanced battery systems that complement renewable energy resources such as wind.

SOURCE: New York Independent System Operator

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