Methods for evaluating the impact of renewable resource variability on grid operation and planning Public Deposited

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  • With the recent interest in increasing the penetration of renewable energy sources onto the power grid, there has been an unprecedented rapid deployment of wind generation, especially in the US Pacific Northwest. While wind farm developers have continued to expand their operations, power system operators are left to deal with the consequences – specifically, the uncontrollable, variable nature of the wind. While this variability can be quantified using traditional statistical measures, these statistics are often not directly usable by system operators. Composed of two papers, this research explores other methods for evaluating the variability of renewable resources to better understand their impact on the grid. The first paper examines how renewable penetration can be increased by diversifying the types of resources used (e.g., integrating an equal mix of wind, solar, and ocean wave power). The second paper builds off of the first by developing a solution to the lack of available power generation data necessary to conduct this research and then by using generated synthetic data to examine the impacts of increasing renewable resource penetration levels. Both papers point to the value of a diversified renewable energy portfolio, including high-levels of wind, solar, and ocean wave power generation.
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