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PhD Final Exam – Scott Harpool

Renewable energy in the Pacific Northwest - technical and economic analysis of 100% renewable portfolios

Renewable electrical energy sources are relatively easy to integrate at moderate penetrations, utilizing a combination of technical and market methods to increase grid flexibility. However integrating high renewable portfolios is more challenging, and the optimal combination of resources will vary depending on the features of specific geographic areas. This study evaluates 100% renewable portfolios in the Pacific Northwest, including existing hydropower as a renewable source, plus existing and new wind, solar, wave and biomass generation. Using detailed time series data for a four-year period, plus macro level cost estimates for new renewable generation, a set of diverse portfolios was selected for further analysis. With significant seasonality challenges in the Pacific Northwest, these portfolios provide a range of generation resources, capital and annual costs, and match/mismatch to load, allowing the impact of energy storage to be analyzed.

Major Advisor: Annette Von Jouanne
Committee: Ted Brekken
Committee: Eduardo Cotilla-Sanchez
Committee: Alex Yokochi
GCR: Solomon Yim

Monday, August 27, 2018 at 7:00am to 9:00am

Kelley Engineering Center, 1007
110 SW Park Terrace, Corvallis, OR 97331

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College of Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
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Calvin Hughes

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