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Sharper Computer Models Clear the Way for More Wind Power


The utility with the most wind power capacity in the United States, Xcel Energy, is relying more on this power source and saving millions of dollars thanks to new forecasting models similar to those used to predict climate change.

The forecasts, developed by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado, could help address an increasing problem with wind power: how to integrate this intermittent resource into the power grid. NCAR is also developing improved models that could help forecast power from the sun.

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