Open Access Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
W. Bowman Cutter
© 2011 William Savage
Wind power will be an important component of California's aggressive strategies to meet its greenhouse gas reduction targets by the year 2020. However, the costs of integrating wind power's variable and uncertain output are often ignored. I argue that California must take prudent action to understand, minimize, and allocate wind integration costs. A review of numerous studies suggests that for wind penetration levels below 20%, integration costs should remain modest. However, costs are heavily dependent on market structure, and I suggest numerous ways that California can optimize its market design to manage wind integration costs.
Savage, William, "The Full Cost of Renewables: Managing Wind Integration Costs in California" (2012). Pomona Senior Theses. 57.
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