Emerson controls to manage power output from two California wind farms

Emerson Process Management, a global business of Emerson, has been selected to provide its Ovation control and optimization technology for two renewable energy projects being developed by EDF Renewable Energy, the U.S. unit of French energy company EDF Energies Nouvelles.

The contract was awarded by global engineering, project management, and construction company Bechtel.

The 110 MW Catalina Solar and 140 MW Pacific Wind projects are located in Kern County, California.

Emerson’s Ovation system will play a key role in adjusting electrical output as directed by the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) — a task that is becoming more important as renewable energy sources provide an increasing share of electricity to the grid.

For example, if CAISO needs to curtail the output of the coordinated operation to maintain grid stability, the Ovation system will calculate the most economical way to achieve the new megawatt target.

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