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Homes and businesses receiving power from Basin Electric Power Cooperative's South Dakota wind farm, scheduled to begin operation in 2010, will benefit from smart grid technologies on the farm's 101 GE wind turbines.

Prolec GE's amorphous transformers are expected to reduce losses as electricity moves through the wind farm's transformers so that every spin of the turbine blade delivers more energy to consumers, according to Basin Electric.

In addition to maximizing productivity of the electrical network, smart grid technologies also help improve productivity of renewable energy generation, making investments in green technology more attractive to developers.

"To address the concerns about global warming, we need to keep getting better at how efficiently we generate and distribute power from all generation sources, including renewables," says Bob Gilligan, vice president of transmission and distribution at GE Energy.

GE's high-efficiency transformers have amorphous metal cores, which reduce no-load losses of the transformer by 60% to 70% compared to traditional transformers with silicon steel cores. Prolec GE is a joint venture of GE and Xignux, a Mexican industrial consortium.

SOURCE: GE Energy

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