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Wind Power Gets a Leg-Up in Biggest U.S. Electricity Market

  • First test will come at next month’s PJM capacity auction
  • Wind previously overlooked because of wild swings in output
A wind turbine stand on property used by the Alliant Energy Corp. Whispering Willow Wind Farm in Iowa Falls, Iowa, U.S., on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016. Wind energy, the fastest-growing source of electricity in the U.S., is transforming low-income rural areas in ways not seen since the federal government gave land to homesteaders 150 years ago.
Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg
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Wind may have just gotten a boost in the biggest U.S. electricity market.

New rules requiring power producers to ensure supplies are available all year round are giving some an incentive to use more wind. The first test will come at next month’s auction by PJM Interconnection LLC -- the grid operator covering the region from Chicago to Washington.