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Title: Western Wind and Solar Integration Study: Hydropower Analysis

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) study of 20% Wind Energy by 2030 was conducted to consider the benefits, challenges, and costs associated with sourcing 20% of U.S. energy consumption from wind power by 2030. This study found that with proactive measures, no insurmountable barriers were identified to meet the 20% goal. Following this study, DOE and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) conducted two more studies: the Eastern Wind Integration and Transmission Study (EWITS) covering the eastern portion of the U.S., and the Western Wind and Solar Integration Study (WWSIS) covering the western portion of the United States. The WWSIS was conducted by NREL and research partner General Electric (GE) in order to provide insight into the costs, technical or physical barriers, and operational impacts caused by the variability and uncertainty of wind, photovoltaic, and concentrated solar power when employed to serve up to 35% of the load energy in the WestConnect region (Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Wyoming). WestConnect is composed of several utility companies working collaboratively to assess stakeholder and market needs to and develop cost-effective improvements to the western wholesale electricity market. Participants include the Arizona Public Service, El Paso Electric Company, NV Energy, Publicmore » Service of New Mexico, Salt River Project, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Cooperative, Tucson Electric Power, Xcel Energy and the Western Area Power Administration.« less
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1037937
Report Number(s):
NREL/SR-5500-53098
XXL-7-77283-01; TRN: US201208%%237
DOE Contract Number:
AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Related Information: Work performed by Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona
Research Org:
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO.
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Wind and Water Power Program
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY; 13 HYDRO ENERGY; 17 WIND ENERGY; ARIZONA; COLORADO; ELECTRIC POWER; ELECTRICITY; ENERGY CONSUMPTION; MARKET; NATIONAL RENEWABLE ENERGY LABORATORY; NEVADA; NEW MEXICO; SOLAR ENERGY; WESTERN AREA POWER ADMINISTRATION; WIND POWER; WYOMING WIND; WIND ENERGY; HYDROPOWER; WWSIS; WESTERN WIND AND SOLAR INTEGRATION STUDY; Electricity, Resources, and Buildings Systems