Integrating Variable Renewable Energy: Challenges and Solutions

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In the U.S., a number of utilities are adopting higher penetrations of renewables, driven in part by state policies. While power systems have been designed to handle the variable nature of loads, the additional supply-side variability and uncertainty can pose new challenges for utilities and system operators. However, a variety of operational and technical solutions exist to help integrate higher penetrations of wind and solar generation. This paper explores renewable energy integration challenges and mitigation strategies that have been implemented in the U.S. and internationally, including forecasting, demand response, flexible generation, larger balancing areas or balancing area cooperation, and operational ... continued below

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Bird, L.; Milligan, M. & Lew, D. September 1, 2013.

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In the U.S., a number of utilities are adopting higher penetrations of renewables, driven in part by state policies. While power systems have been designed to handle the variable nature of loads, the additional supply-side variability and uncertainty can pose new challenges for utilities and system operators. However, a variety of operational and technical solutions exist to help integrate higher penetrations of wind and solar generation. This paper explores renewable energy integration challenges and mitigation strategies that have been implemented in the U.S. and internationally, including forecasting, demand response, flexible generation, larger balancing areas or balancing area cooperation, and operational practices such as fast scheduling and dispatch.

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  • Report No.: NREL/TP-6A20-60451
  • Grant Number: AC36-08GO28308
  • DOI: 10.2172/1097911 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 1097911
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc867090

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Bird, L.; Milligan, M. & Lew, D. Integrating Variable Renewable Energy: Challenges and Solutions, report, September 1, 2013; Golden, Colorado. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc867090/: accessed December 16, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.