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Record number 363951
Title The potential for wind energy meeting electricity needs on Vancouver Island
Author(s) Prescott, R.; Kooten, G.C. van; Zhu, H.
Source Energy & Environment 18 (2007)6. - ISSN 0958-305X - p. 723 - 746.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1260/095830507782088721
Department(s) Agricultural Economics and Rural Policy Group
MGS
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2007
Abstract In this paper, an in-depth analysis of power supply and demand on Vancouver Island is used to provide information about the optimal allocation of power across 'generating' sources and to investigate the economics of wind generation and penetrability into the Island grid. The methodology developed can be extended to a region much larger than Vancouver Island. Results from the model indicate that Vancouver Island could experience blackouts in the near future unless greater name-plate capacity is developed. While wind-generated energy has the ability to contribute to the Island's power needs, the problem with wind power is its intermittency. The results indicate that wind power may not be able to prevent shortfalls, regardless of the overall name-plate capacity of the wind turbines. Further, costs of reducing CO2 emissions using wind power are unacceptably large, perhaps more than $100 per tCO2, although this might be attributable to the mix of power sources making up the Island's grid
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