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Title: A reduced-form approach for representing the impacts of wind and solar PV deployment on the structure and operation of the electricity system

Abstract

In many climate change mitigation scenarios, integrated assessment models of the energy and climate systems rely heavily on renewable energy technologies with variable and uncertain generation, such as wind and solar PV, to achieve substantial decarbonization of the electricity sector. However, these models often include very little temporal resolution and thus have difficulty in representing the integration costs that arise from mismatches between electricity supply and demand. The global integrated assessment model, MESSAGE, has been updated to explicitly model the trade-offs between variable renewable energy (VRE) deployment and its impacts on the electricity system, including the implications for electricity curtailment, backup capacity, and system flexibility. These impacts have been parameterized using a reduced-form approach, which allows VRE integration impacts to be quantified on a regional basis. In addition, thermoelectric technologies were updated to include two modes of operation, baseload and flexible, to better account for the cost, efficiency, and availability penalties associated with flexible operation. In this paper, the modeling approach used in MESSAGE is explained and the implications for VRE deployment in mitigation scenarios are assessed. Three important stylized facts associated with integrating high VRE shares are successfully reproduced by our modeling approach: (1) the significant reduction in themore » utilization of non-VRE power plants; (2) the diminishing role for traditional baseload generators, such as nuclear and coal, and the transition to more flexible technologies; and (3) the importance of electricity storage and hydrogen electrolysis in facilitating the deployment of VRE.« less

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
OSTI Identifier:
1377791
Report Number(s):
NREL/JA-6A20-70008
Journal ID: ISSN 0140-9883
DOE Contract Number:
AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Energy Economics; Journal Volume: 64; Journal Issue: C
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY, AND ECONOMY; renewable energy; integrated assessment modeling; integration of renewables; residual load duration curves

Citation Formats

Johnson, Nils, Strubegger, Manfred, McPherson, Madeleine, Parkinson, Simon C., Krey, Volker, and Sullivan, Patrick. A reduced-form approach for representing the impacts of wind and solar PV deployment on the structure and operation of the electricity system. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.1016/j.eneco.2016.07.010.
Johnson, Nils, Strubegger, Manfred, McPherson, Madeleine, Parkinson, Simon C., Krey, Volker, & Sullivan, Patrick. A reduced-form approach for representing the impacts of wind and solar PV deployment on the structure and operation of the electricity system. United States. doi:10.1016/j.eneco.2016.07.010.
Johnson, Nils, Strubegger, Manfred, McPherson, Madeleine, Parkinson, Simon C., Krey, Volker, and Sullivan, Patrick. Mon . "A reduced-form approach for representing the impacts of wind and solar PV deployment on the structure and operation of the electricity system". United States. doi:10.1016/j.eneco.2016.07.010.
@article{osti_1377791,
title = {A reduced-form approach for representing the impacts of wind and solar PV deployment on the structure and operation of the electricity system},
author = {Johnson, Nils and Strubegger, Manfred and McPherson, Madeleine and Parkinson, Simon C. and Krey, Volker and Sullivan, Patrick},
abstractNote = {In many climate change mitigation scenarios, integrated assessment models of the energy and climate systems rely heavily on renewable energy technologies with variable and uncertain generation, such as wind and solar PV, to achieve substantial decarbonization of the electricity sector. However, these models often include very little temporal resolution and thus have difficulty in representing the integration costs that arise from mismatches between electricity supply and demand. The global integrated assessment model, MESSAGE, has been updated to explicitly model the trade-offs between variable renewable energy (VRE) deployment and its impacts on the electricity system, including the implications for electricity curtailment, backup capacity, and system flexibility. These impacts have been parameterized using a reduced-form approach, which allows VRE integration impacts to be quantified on a regional basis. In addition, thermoelectric technologies were updated to include two modes of operation, baseload and flexible, to better account for the cost, efficiency, and availability penalties associated with flexible operation. In this paper, the modeling approach used in MESSAGE is explained and the implications for VRE deployment in mitigation scenarios are assessed. Three important stylized facts associated with integrating high VRE shares are successfully reproduced by our modeling approach: (1) the significant reduction in the utilization of non-VRE power plants; (2) the diminishing role for traditional baseload generators, such as nuclear and coal, and the transition to more flexible technologies; and (3) the importance of electricity storage and hydrogen electrolysis in facilitating the deployment of VRE.},
doi = {10.1016/j.eneco.2016.07.010},
journal = {Energy Economics},
number = C,
volume = 64,
place = {United States},
year = {Mon May 01 00:00:00 EDT 2017},
month = {Mon May 01 00:00:00 EDT 2017}
}