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Wind and Solar Energy Curtailment: Experience and Practices in the United States

Sources:

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Authors:

Lori Bird

Jaquelin Cochran

Xi Wang

Date:

1 March 2014

This report examines U.S. curtailment practices regarding wind and solar generation, with an emphasis on utilities in the Western U.S. states. It provides case studies of curtailment experience and examines the reasons for curtailment, procedures, compensation and practices that can minimize curtailment.