Written by Prognog Staff Partnering with the University of California, GE Energy is set to investigate the impact higher levels of intermittent renewable power generation, such as wind energy, will have on California's power grid.

Financing the project will be the California Energy Commission's Public Interest Energy Research program (PIER). The goals in the study include ensuring grid reliability and quality and accommodating emerging markets for renewable generation, including both wind and solar energy.

Currently, California is leading the nation in the development of wind power. At the end of 2005, the state had 2,150 megawatts of installed wind capacity, according to the American Wind Energy Association.

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