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Big First Quarter Gains in New Wind Turbine Capacity in U.S.

LCG, May 4, 2017--The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) released on Tuesday its new U.S. Wind Industry First Quarter 2017 Market Report. AWEA's evaluation concludes that a total of 908 utility-scale turbines were installed in the first quarter of 2017, adding 2,000 MW of electric generating capacity. According to AWEA, the installations represent the wind industry's strongest start in eight years. AWEA's CEO stated, "We switched on more megawatts in the first quarter than in the first three quarters of last year combined."

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San Diego County Water Authority Seeks Proposals for 500-MW Pumped Storage Project

LCG, May 3, 2017--The San Diego County Water Authority Board of Directors on April 27 authorized the Water Authority, together with the City of San Diego, to pursue proposals to build an energy storage facility that utilizes the existing San Vicente Reservoir. The Water Authority expects to advertise the Request for Proposals (RFPs) by this summer and to evaluate received proposals by the end of this year.

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ERCOT Wind Expansion: Impact on Energy and Ancillary Service Markets


LCG, October 05, 2016--LCG Consulting has released its latest report Market Effects of Wind Penetration in ERCOT: How Wind Will Change the Future of Energy and Ancillary Service Prices. In this study, LCG investigates the system-wide impacts on the ERCOT market of three levels of wind capacity expansion in the year 2021, with particular emphasis on energy and ancillary service prices.

The nodal market simulations for this study were performed at the five-minute dispatch level using LCG’s UPLAN Network Power Model (NPM) and PLATO-ERCOT data model to capture the intermittent nature of renewable energy. UPLAN is a fully integrated model; that is the dispatch, transmission load flow, contingencies, curtailments, and ancillary services deployment are all resolved simultaneously.

The unprecedented growth of wind power in recent years has had a profound impact on the ERCOT market. With growth expected to continue, LCG’s report offers market participants a view of what can be expected as wind capacity continues to expand. Read Executive Summary of the report.

To request the full report please contact julie.chien@energyonline.com




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