Vietnam contracts GE on wind power integration

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With support from the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), the Electricity Regulatory Authority of Vietnam (ERAV) has contracted General Electric International to develop a wind grid code for the country’s electric power sector.

GE’s Energy Consulting department will conduct a study of Vietnam’s wind resources, power grid and planned wind power capacity additions to serve as the basis for a new grid code standard that allows for the integration and interconnection of up to 6,000 MW of new wind power.

“We are pleased to support this effort to help develop Vietnam’s abundant wind resources,” said USTDA director Leocadia I. Zak. “This contract demonstrates the practical benefits of collaboration between U.S. industry and the governments of the U.S and Vietnam in achieving sustainable energy growth for Vietnam’s expanding economy.”

The team from GE will examine the impacts of wind power generation on the power system’s stability, as well as the reliability of long term wind forecasting. By helping Vietnam set the standards for wide-scale integration of wind and other renewable energy, this project may offer large export opportunities for U.S. wind manufacturers in the next decade. This project, along with an earlier reverse trade mission focused on Vietnam’s wind power developers and energy regulators, is an important component of USTDA’s renewable energy portfolio.

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