Making the Economic Case for Small-Scale Distributed Wind -- A Screening for Distributed Generation Wind Opportunities: Preprint

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    This study was an offshoot of a previous assessment, which examined the potential for large-scale, greater than 50 MW, wind development on occupied federal agency lands. The study did not find significant commercial wind development opportunities, primarily because of poor wind resource on available and appropriately sized land areas or land use or aesthetic concerns. The few sites that couldaccommodate a large wind farm failed to have transmission lines in optimum locations required to generate power at competitive wholesale prices. The study did identify a promising but less common distributed generation (DG) development option. This follow-up study documents the NREL/Global Energy Concepts team efforts to identify economic DG wind projects at a select group of occupied federalsites. It employs a screening strategy based on project economics that go beyond quantity of windy land to include state and utility incentives as well as the value of avoided power purchases. It attempts to account for the extra costs and difficulties associated with small projects through the use of project scenarios that are more compatible with federal facilities and existing land uses.These benefits and barriers of DG are discussed, and the screening methodology and results are included. The report concludes with generalizations about the screening method and recommendations for improvement and other potential applications for this methodology.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Number of pages17
    StatePublished - 2007
    EventWindPower 2007 - Los Angeles, California
    Duration: 3 Jun 20076 Jun 2007


    ConferenceWindPower 2007
    CityLos Angeles, California

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/CP-640-41897


    • distributed generation
    • economics
    • federal lands
    • global energy concepts
    • NREL
    • null
    • power purchases
    • screening
    • small-scale wind
    • wind


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