U.S. helps develop wind energy in Vietnam

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has approved nearly 288,000 U.S. dollars in non-refundable Official Development Assistance (ODA) for a technical assistance project to develop wind power in Vietnam from now until August 2014.

The project will contribute to evaluating the effect of integrating the wind power into the national electricity grid, defining the scale and creating regulations concerning to the issue, local online Voice of Vietnam reported on Wednesday.

The project also helps review the management of the electricity market to ensure power supply security.

According to the Vietnam Electricity Group (EVN), the country has only two wind power plants with a total capacity of 60MW in central Binh Thuan and southern Bac Lieu provinces which have been already connected to the national grid.

Experts said the integration of such a large amount of wind power into the national grid will pose great technical challenges due to the instability of this energy source.

However, they argued that it will also open up a good opportunity to fully tap the potential of wind power, especially in the central provinces of Vietnam.