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Electric Power Transmission Network Design for Wind Generation in the Western United States: Algorithms, Methodology, and Analysis
Toole, G. Loren; Fair, Matthew; Berscheid, Alan; Bent, Russell

This paper appears in: Transmission and Distribution Conference and Exposition, 2010 IEEE PES
Issue Date: 19-22 April 2010
On page(s): 1 - 8
Location: New Orleans, LA, USA
Print ISBN: 978-1-4244-6546-0
The current electric power grid is a result of incremental growth over the past 100 years under assumptions that a grid provides reliable and controllable generation of energy cheaply and with limited environmental impact. Moving into the twenty-first century, many of these assumptions will no longer hold; the existing grid is ill-equipped to handle the new requirements that it is being subjected to. This paper presents a novel hybridization algorithm to upgrade the existing electric power network to feasibly achieve future renewable energy generation goals. The algorithm was integrated with state-of-the-art electric power analysis approaches to produce feasible transmission networks to accommodate 20% wind power by 2030 goals.

Document Type:
Technical paper