Midwest utility American Electric Power (AEP) will install five 10 kW wind turbines in Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia, Virginia and Michigan and will monitor them to understand how distributed generation from remote generating plants interacts with the utility's traditional power grid. AEP says the states it serves are characterised by pockets of modest wind potential, and that small turbines are well matched to the resource. It thinks its customers would be interested in buying wind turbines if they could see how well they perform in a variety of wind conditions. Customers can tune into AEP's web site to see how much electricity each wind turbine is generating and compare it to the needs of a house or business.
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