Show simple item record Hoppock, DC Patiño-Echeverri, D
dc.coverage.spatial United States 2011-06-21T17:25:54Z 2010-11-15
dc.identifier.citation Environ Sci Technol, 2010, 44 (22), pp. 8758 - 8765
dc.description.abstract The best wind sites in the United States are often located far from electricity demand centers and lack transmission access. Local sites that have lower quality wind resources but do not require as much power transmission capacity are an alternative to distant wind resources. In this paper, we explore the trade-offs between developing new wind generation at local sites and installing wind farms at remote sites. We first examine the general relationship between the high capital costs required for local wind development and the relatively lower capital costs required to install a wind farm capable of generating the same electrical output at a remote site,with the results representing the maximum amount an investor should be willing to pay for transmission access. We suggest that this analysis can be used as a first step in comparing potential wind resources to meet a state renewable portfolio standard (RPS). To illustrate, we compare the cost of local wind (∼50 km from the load) to the cost of distant wind requiring new transmission (∼550-750 km from the load) to meet the Illinois RPS. We find that local, lower capacity factor wind sites are the lowest cost option for meeting the Illinois RPS if new long distance transmission is required to access distant, higher capacity factor wind resources. If higher capacity wind sites can be connected to the existing grid at minimal cost, in many cases they will have lower costs.
dc.format.extent 8758 - 8765
dc.language eng
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.relation.ispartof Environ Sci Technol
dc.relation.isversionof 10.1021/es100751p
dc.subject Conservation of Energy Resources
dc.subject Cost Allocation
dc.subject Cost-Benefit Analysis
dc.subject Electricity
dc.subject Energy-Generating Resources
dc.subject Midwestern United States
dc.subject Power Plants
dc.subject Wind
dc.title Cost of wind energy: comparing distant wind resources to local resources in the midwestern United States.
dc.title.alternative en_US
dc.type Journal Article
dc.description.version Version of Record en_US 2010-11-15 en_US
duke.description.endpage 8765 en_US
duke.description.issue 22 en_US
duke.description.startpage 8758 en_US
duke.description.volume 44 en_US
dc.relation.journal Environmental science & technology en_US
pubs.issue 22
pubs.organisational-group /Duke
pubs.organisational-group /Duke/Institutes and Provost's Academic Units
pubs.organisational-group /Duke/Institutes and Provost's Academic Units/Initiatives
pubs.organisational-group /Duke/Institutes and Provost's Academic Units/Initiatives/Duke Science & Society
pubs.organisational-group /Duke/Nicholas School of the Environment
pubs.organisational-group /Duke/Nicholas School of the Environment/Earth and Ocean Sciences
pubs.organisational-group /Duke/Nicholas School of the Environment/Environmental Sciences and Policy
pubs.organisational-group /Duke/Staff
pubs.publication-status Published
pubs.volume 44
dc.identifier.eissn 1520-5851

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