To better understand the effect of significant wind power production on distributed electrical networks, a Wind Turbine Simulator (WTS) was incorporated into the Grid Simulation Laboratory (GSL) at Colorado State University. This paper discusses the development of the engine controls, gain tuning and response matching to field measurements of wind turbines. Response was characterized while connected to the transmission grid, similar to the field information, using a series of transient events gleaned from field information. Transients caused by breaker events, which emulate connecting or disconnecting the individual wind turbines, were also considered. While overall correlation between commanded and actual power output was strong, several limitations were identified and are described.

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