Wind forecasting objectives for utility schedulers and energy traders

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The wind energy industry and electricity producers can benefit in a number of ways from increased wind forecast accuracy. Higher confidence in the reliability of wind forecasts can help persuade an electric utility to increase the penetration of wind energy into its operating system and to augment the capacity value of wind electric generation. Reliable forecasts can also assist daily energy traders employed by utilities in marketing the available and anticipated wind energy to power pools and other energy users. As the number of utilities with wind energy experience grows, and wind energy penetration levels increase, the need for reliable ... continued below

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Schwartz, M.N. & Bailey, B.H. May 1, 1998.

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  • Schwartz, M.N. National Renewable Energy Lab., Golden, CO (United States)
  • Bailey, B.H. AWS Scientific, Inc., Albany, NY (United States)

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The wind energy industry and electricity producers can benefit in a number of ways from increased wind forecast accuracy. Higher confidence in the reliability of wind forecasts can help persuade an electric utility to increase the penetration of wind energy into its operating system and to augment the capacity value of wind electric generation. Reliable forecasts can also assist daily energy traders employed by utilities in marketing the available and anticipated wind energy to power pools and other energy users. As the number of utilities with wind energy experience grows, and wind energy penetration levels increase, the need for reliable wind forecasts will likely grow as well. This period of wind energy growth also coincides with advances in computer weather prediction technology that could lead to more accurate wind forecasts. Thus, it is important to identify the type of forecast information needed by utility schedulers and energy traders. This step will help develop approaches to the challenge of wind forecasting that will result in useful products being supplied to utilities or other energy generating entities. This paper presents the objectives, approach, and current findings of a US Department of Energy National Renewable Energy Laboratory (DOE/NREL) initiative to develop useful wind forecasting tools for utilities involved with wind energy generation. The focus of this initiative thus far has been to learn about the needs of prospective utility users. NREL representatives conducted a series of onsite interviews with key utility staff, usually schedulers and research planners, at seven US utilities. The purpose was to ascertain information on actual scheduling and trading procedures, and how utilities could integrate wind forecasting into these activities.

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  • Windpower `98, Bakersfield, CA (United States), 27 Apr - 1 May 1998

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  • Other: DE98005510
  • Report No.: NREL/CP--500-24680
  • Report No.: CONF-980437--
  • Grant Number: AC36-83CH10093
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 658312
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc711404

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Schwartz, M.N. & Bailey, B.H. Wind forecasting objectives for utility schedulers and energy traders, article, May 1, 1998; Golden, Colorado. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc711404/: accessed January 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.