Lauer, Hugh C
Looft, Fred J.
Many utilities would like to increase the percentage of renewable energy within their power portfolios. This study focused on how that might be achieved with wind power and in particular the problem of variability. Recent articles have suggested that aggregating the output of multiple wind farms could smooth the output and lower the variability. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of aggregating wind farms in the New England region. We analyzed three years of output from a diverse group of wind farms and found that smoothing does occur in aggregation to some degree. Furthermore, the analysis showed that New England utilities can increase the percentage of wind power within their portfolios without increasing their exposure to variability.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Interactive Qualifying Project
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Electrical and Computer Engineering