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This paper introduces a method to improve the primary frequency contribution of grid connected variable speed wind turbine generators (WTGs). Using their energy reserve margins, deloaded WTGs are controlled to provide relief to the grid during depressed frequency conditions. The frequency support from individual WTGs is regulated based on the available reserve, which depends on the prevailing wind velocities. By continuously adjusting the droop of the WTG in response to wind velocities, its primary frequency response is significantly improved in terms of reduced stresses on WTGs during low wind speeds. The impact of variable droop operation on two aspects of WTG operation is investigated-primary frequency contribution and smoothening power fluctuations caused due to changes in wind speed. Also highlighted is the usefulness of this control when adopted by wind farms.