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Curtailment

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Wind turbines may be forced to curtail operation to reduce bat and bird deaths, reduce noise at night, and prevent shadow flicker. This article, however, is about curtailment caused by limitations of the electrical grid and the mismatch of wind production and customer demand.
 
Up to a small percentage of the total load on a [[Electrical grid|grid]], or on a network of grids tied together by adequate interconnectors, wind power can be integrated with the use of existing reserve capacity, i.e., with the redundant availability of extra generators kept running – burning fuel but not generating electricity – so that they can switch to production in case of the sudden failure of other generators. Thus wind power, despite being highly variable, intermittent, and nondispatchable – responding only to the wind, not to actual customer demand – can be taken into the grid, especially during periods of [[Electrical grid|peak load]], when there is a greater variety of sources providing power and the grid is therefore more flexible.

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