Operational Impacts of Large Deployments of Offshore Wind

Eduardo Ibanez, Michael Heaney

Research output: NRELPoster


The potential operational impact of deploying 54 GW of offshore wind in the United States was examined. The capacity was not evenly distributed; instead, it was concentrated in regions with better wind quality and close to load centers (Table 1). A statistical analysis of offshore wind power time series was used to assess the effect on the power system. The behavior of offshore wind resembled that of onshore wind, despite the former presenting higher capacity factors, more consistent power output across seasons, and higher variability levels. Thus, methods developed to manage onshore wind variability can be extended and applied to offshore wind.
Original languageAmerican English
StatePublished - 2014

Publication series

NamePresented at the 2014 AWEA Offshore WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition, 7-8 October 2014, Atlantic City, New Jersey

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PO-5D00-62685


  • integration
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
  • NREL
  • offshore wind


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