Impact of Distributed Wind on Bulk Power System Operations in ISO-NE

Brian Hodge, Joseph Palchak, Jari Miettinen

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The work presented in this paper aims to study the impact of a range of penetration levels of distributed wind on the operation of the electric power system at the transmission level. This paper presents a case study on the power system in Independent System Operator New England. It is analyzed using PLEXOS, a commercial power system simulation tool. The results show that increasing the integration of distributed wind reduces total variable electricity generation costs, coal- and gas-fired electricity generation, electricity imports, and CO2 emissions, and increases wind curtailment. The variability and uncertainty of wind power also increases the start-up and shutdown costs and ramping of most conventional power plants.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 2014
Event13th Wind Integration Workshop - Berlin, Germany
Duration: 11 Nov 201413 Nov 2014


Conference13th Wind Integration Workshop
CityBerlin, Germany

Bibliographical note

See NREL/CP-5D00-62569 for preprint

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-5D00-67179


  • bulk power system operations
  • distributed wind
  • production-cost modeling


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