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Wind System Value Analysis for Electric Utilities: A Comparison of Four Methods

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J. Harper, D. Percival, T. Flaim

Solar Energy Research Institute, Golden, Colo. 80401

R. L. Sullivan

University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla. 32611

J. Sol. Energy Eng 104(2), 70-76 (May 01, 1982) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3266288 History: Received March 04, 1982; Online November 11, 2009

Abstract

There have been several studies of how much Wind Energy Conversion Systems (WECS) are worth to electric utilities. When attempting to compare the different results of these studies, questions arose concerning the effect of the different methodologies and models on the determined WECS values. This paper will report on the only known effort that used more than a single methodology for the value analysis of WECS to a specific utility. This paper will present and compare the WECS utility value analysis methodologies of Aerospace Corp., JBF Scientific Corp., and the Solar Energy Research Institute (SERI). Results of the application of these three methodologies were found for two large utilities. Breakeven values (the amount a utility can pay for a wind turbine over its lifetime and still breakeven economically) were found to be from $1600 to $2400 per kW of wind capacity in 1980 dollars. The reasons for variation in the results are discussed.

Copyright © 1982 by ASME
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