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Incorporating Flexibility in Utility Resource Planning

Published 25 April 2016 | By Energy Exemplar

The trend of increasingly variable net load is characteristic of all power systems with increasing penetration of wind and solar energy. As the amount of renewable energy increases, decreasing minimum net loads and increasing net load ramps require more frequent starts and stops, ramps and cycling, all of which impose costs and stress on the dispatchable generation fleet. Operational flexibility is needed to cope with varying net load.

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Incorporating Flexibility in Utility Resource Planning