A method for controlling power output of a wind turbine generator in response to an anticipated change in wind speed is provided. The method includes sensing wind speed at a desired distance from the wind turbine generator in a direction of the wind. The method further includes controlling pitch of a blade of the wind turbine generator based upon sensed transient wind speed in advance of a change in wind speed at the wind turbine generator.
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
 This invention was made with Government support under contract number DE-AC36-83CH10093 awarded by the Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.