29 Aug '14, 9pm

Windpower Monthly/Wind Economics: Costs of managing wind variability are low. @AWEA @ERCOT @WindPower_M #WindCorridor

Windpower Monthly/Wind Economics: Costs of managing wind variability are low. @AWEA @ERCOT @WindPower_M #WindCorridor

It builds on recent data from the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (Ercot) and a 2011 report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Cost-Causation and Integration Cost Analysis for Variable Generation, and written by a number of authors from NREL and the US Department of Energy. The AWEA briefing argues that the cost of integrating large conventional power plants on to the power system in Texas is more than 17 times larger than the cost of reliably integrating wind energy. This must of course be balanced by the fact that conventional plants on the Ercot system are roughly eight times greater than wind farms in the state. However, MW by MW, this still makes the cost of integrating conventional power plants over twice as expensive than reliably integrating wind energy. This is still unexpected given that conventional output is not variable. Quick-acting reserve ...

Full article: http://www.windpowermonthly.com/article/1309625/wind-econ...

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