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Title: Integrating Wind into Transmission Planning: The Rocky Mountain Area Transmission Study (RMATS): Preprint

Plans to expand the western grid are now underway. Bringing power from low-cost remote resources--including wind--to load centers could reduce costs for all consumers. But many paths appear to be already congested. Locational marginal price-based modeling is designed to identify the most cost-effective paths to be upgraded. The ranking of such paths is intended as the start of a process of political and regulatory approvals that are expected to result in the eventual construction of new and upgraded lines. This paper reviews the necessary data and analytical tasks to accurately represent wind in such modeling, and addresses some policy and regulatory issues that can help with wind integration into the grid. Providing wind fair access to the grid also (and more immediately) depends on tariff and regulatory changes. Expansion of the Rocky Mountain Area Transmission Study (RMATS) study scope to address operational issues supports the development of transmission solutions that enable wind to connect and deliver power in the next few years--much sooner than upgrades can be completed.
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
15007604
Report Number(s):
NREL/CP-500-35969
TRN: US200419%%272
DOE Contract Number:
AC36-99-GO10337
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Conference title not supplied, Conference location not supplied, Conference dates not supplied; Other Information: PBD: 1 Mar 2004; Related Information: Prepared for the Global WindPower Conference, 29-31 March 2004, Chicago, Illinois
Research Org:
National Renewable Energy Lab., Golden, CO (US)
Sponsoring Org:
US Department of Energy (US)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
17 WIND ENERGY; 24 POWER TRANSMISSION AND DISTRIBUTION; CONSTRUCTION; PLANNING; ROCKY MOUNTAINS; SIMULATION; TARIFFS; WIND POWER WIND ENERGY; TRANSMISSION; ROCKY MOUNTAIN AREA TRANSMISSION STUDY; RMATS