Federal researchers are developing pinpoint wind forecasts to help utilities predict how much electricity their wind turbines will generate.
The National Center for Atmospheric Research and Xcel Energy said Wednesday the forecasts would let utilities know how much electricity they have to produce from conventional power plants.
They say that would make wind energy more efficient, which could lead to lower electricity bills for consumers.
The forecasts will use data from satellites, aircraft, weather radar, ground weather stations and sensors on wind turbines. Forecasts will be delivered every three hours.
Test forecasts would be issued for Xcel wind farms in Colorado, Minnesota, New Mexico, Texas and Wyoming.
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