Capacity for wind generated power on the Frisian grid was significantly increased in December with the opening of a new connection point at the Herbayum substation by Dr Annemarie Goedmakers, director of renewable energy at utility NUON. The new connection point will allow the addition of a further 40 MW of wind energy to a grid where existing capacity was virtually exhausted. The connection point will operate at 20 kV rather than the usual 10 kV, with the higher voltage enabling more power to be transmitted over greater distances. The new connection point can accommodate some 80, 500 kW wind turbines providing enough electricity for some 25,000 households. Commissioned by the Sustainable Energy Business Unit, work on the grid expansion was carried out by NUON Transport drawing on funds from the European Union's 5B Regional Development
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