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The twenty-seven papers in this special issue focus on wind power. The special issue highlights wind electricity's rapidly evolving influx into conventional power systems on a global scale. Some of the topics covered include farm case studies, failure surveys, and experience with wind power's integration into, and impact on, thermal generation. Other topics include wind power's environmental impact, novel generator design, and spinning reserve requirements. Voltage and reactive power control as well as maintenance management issues are also addressed.