Variable Renewable Energy and the Electricity Grid

Variable Renewable Energy and the Electricity Grid

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The integration of renewable energy resources into the electricity grid presents an important challenge. This book provides a review and analysis of the technical and policy options available for managing variable energy resources such as wind and solar power. As well as being of value to government and industry policy-makers and planners, the volume also provides a single source for scientists and engineers of the technical knowledge gained during the 4-year RenewElec (renewable electricity) project at Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Vermont, Vermont Law School, and the Van Ness Feldman environmental law firm. The first part of the book discusses the options for large scale integration of variable electric power generation, including issues of predictability, variability, and efficiency. The second part presents the scientific findings of the project. In the final part, the authors undertake a critical review of major quantitative regional and national wind integration studies in the United States. Based on comparisons among these studies, they suggest areas where improvements in methods are warranted in future studies, areas where additional research is needed to facilitate future improvements in wind integration studies and how the research can be put into practice.FIGURE 1.11 Illustrative diagram of the power grid, with its central station generators, distributed generation, and customer loads. ... system is managed so that a failure of the single most critical component (for example, a transmission line or large generation plant) will not disrupt the system. ... For renewable generators, theforecastfor wind, solar, or water production is used to schedule their operationsanbsp;...

Title:Variable Renewable Energy and the Electricity Grid
Author:Jay Apt, Paulina Jaramillo
Publisher:Routledge - 2014-06-13


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