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Title: The Western Wind and Solar Integration Study Phase 2

The electric grid is a highly complex, interconnected machine, and changing one part of the grid can have consequences elsewhere. Adding wind and solar affects the operation of the other power plants and adding high penetrations can induce cycling of fossil-fueled generators. Cycling leads to wear-and-tear costs and changes in emissions. Phase 2 of the Western Wind and Solar Integration Study (WWSIS-2) evaluated these costs and emissions and simulated grid operations for a year to investigate the detailed impact of wind and solar on the fossil-fueled fleet. This built on Phase 1, one of the largest wind and solar integration studies ever conducted, which examined operational impacts of high wind and solar penetrations in the West.
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1095399
Report Number(s):
NREL/TP-5500-55588
DOE Contract Number:
AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Related Information: NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)
Research Org:
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO.
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Wind Power Program
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
17 WIND ENERGY; 14 SOLAR ENERGY; 24 POWER TRANSMISSION AND DISTRIBUTION VARIABLE GENERATION; WIND; SOLAR; GRID; ELECTRIC POWER SYSTEM; WESTERN INTERCONNECTION; RAMPING; CYCLING; WEAR-AND-TEAR COSTS; WESTERN WIND AND SOLAR INTEGRATION STUDY; INTEGRATION STUDY; NATIONAL RENEWABLE ENERGY LABORATORY; NREL