Impact of Generator Flexibility on Electric System Costs and Integration of Renewable Energy
Flexibility of traditional generators plays an important role in accommodating the increased variability and uncertainty of wind and solar on the electric power system. Increased flexibility can be achieved with changes to operational practices or upgrades to existing generation. One challenge is in understanding the value of increasing flexibility, and how this value may change given higher levels of variable generation. This study uses a commercial production cost model to measure the impact of generator flexibility on the integration of wind and solar generators. We use a system that is based on two balancing areas in the Western United States with a range of wind and solar penetrations between 15% and 60%, where instantaneous penetration of wind and solar is limited to 80%.
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- Technical Report
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- National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
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- USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Policy and Analysis
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- United States
- 29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; 30 DIRECT ENERGY CONVERSION; 32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; GENERATOR FLEXIBILITY; ELECTRIC SYSTEM COSTS; INTEGRATION OF RENEWABLE ENERGY; Energy Analysis
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