AESO issues RFP for Wind Power Forecasting Service in Alberta



    CALGARY, June 23 /CNW/ - The Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) has
issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a centralized wind power forecasting
service in Alberta as part of its continuing efforts to integrate more wind
power into Alberta's Interconnected Electric System.
    Studies conducted by the AESO and other industry organizations indicate
that wind power forecasting is an effective measure toward increasing the
amount of wind that can be reliably integrated to the electricity grid. Wind
power forecasts will be used by the AESO to plan ahead for the amount of
generation resources required to back up wind power and to develop operating
plans to keep generation and demand on the system safely in balance at all
times.
    "Wind power forecasting is a valuable tool that allows us to accommodate
the variable nature of wind and enable more wind power to be added to the
Alberta generation mix," said Warren Frost, AESO Vice-President Operations and
Reliability. "The AESO's objective is to integrate as much wind to the Alberta
system as is feasible without compromising system reliability or the fair,
efficient and openly competitive operation of the market."
    The AESO completed a year long wind power forecasting pilot project from
May 2007 to May 2008 made possible by funding from the Alberta Department of
Energy, the Alberta Energy Research Institute and the AESO. The Canadian Wind
Energy Association also made a valuable contribution of time, resources and
expertise to the pilot project. The pilot compared and contrasted wind
forecasting methodologies of suppliers AWS Truewind (Albany, New York); energy
& meteo Systems (Oldenberg, Germany) and WEPROG (Ebberup, Denmark). Ortech
Power (Mississauga, Ontario) was also engaged to analyze the effectiveness of
the various models.
    Using the knowledge and experience gained from the pilot project, the
AESO worked with stakeholders to develop a recommendation for a wind power
forecasting service which will provide the AESO with wind power forecasts
updated at least once per hour and for the next 48 hours for the province of
Alberta. The AESO's intention is have the wind power forecast service
operational by the end of the year.

    As an independent system operator, the AESO leads the safe, reliable and
economic planning and operation of Alberta's interconnected power system. The
AESO also facilitates Alberta's fair, efficient and openly competitive
wholesale electricity market, which has about 200 participants and
approximately $9 billion in annual energy transactions.




For further information:

For further information: Ally Taylor, AESO Corporate Communications, Ph:
(403) 539-2726 (bus), Ph: (403) 608-6172 (cell), email: ally.taylor@aeso.ca

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