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Image of a line chart entitled "Day-Ahead Forecast" with wind output (MW) on the y-axis and operating hour on the x-axis. The dotted line, representing the day-ahead forecast, starts at 25 MW/1 hour and ends at around 240 MW/24 hours; the red line, representing actual generation, starts at around 60 MW/1 hour and ends at around 198 MW/24 hours.

Forecasting exercise results from Advancing the Use of Wind and Solar Forecasting to Facilitate the Integration of Variable Renewable Energy to the Grid workshops.

February, 2016

The EC-LEDS Greening the Grid program—in partnership with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, U.S. Energy Association, and the Low Emissions Asian Development program—sponsored two workshops in Asia and Latin America on Advancing the Use of Wind and Solar Forecasting to Facilitate the Integration of Variable Renewable Energy to the Grid.

At these workshops, staff from power system operators and utilities learned how the use of wind and solar forecasts can reduce system costs and  more efficiently integrate solar and wind energy to the grid. In power systems working to integrate high levels of renewable energy, the variability and uncertainty of solar and wind can pose challenges to power system operation. Wind and solar forecasts provide a low-cost method of reducing the uncertainty associated with variable renewable energy generation.

The first workshop took place in Mexico City from Jan. 25-27, 2016, and drew participation from 10 countries in the Latin American and Caribbean region, while the second workshop took place Feb. 16-18, 2016, in Bangkok and drew an audience from eight countries in the Asia region as well as Senegal. 

This training represents a key component of the Greening the Grid program. For more information on the program, visit the Greening the Grid website.