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PhD Oral Preliminary Examination – Martin Stoddard


Wednesday, March 14, 2012 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Quantifying Cost Impacts of Wind Energy Variability on Hydroelectric Generating Facilities
In the Pacific Northwest, federally run hydroelectric power facilities are used by the balancing authority, BPA, to provide balancing reserve for load and generation variations.  Large scale wind integration has resulted in a significant increase in balancing requirements due to the variable nature of wind energy and inaccuracies in wind forecasting. This has resulted in increased costs to hydroelectric facilities due to wear and tear from cycling and operation outside of optimal scheduling. The goal of this research is to characterize the costs associated with wind energy variability effects on hydroelectric power installations and to quantify them. The expected result is a model for hydroelectric power costs that can be used in near real time for monitoring actual accumulated costs and for short term generation scheduling to optimize hydroelectric utilization.

Major Advisor: Annette von Jouanne
Committee: Ted Brekken
Committee: Ean Amon
Committee: Andreas Weisshaar
GCR: Joseph Zaworski


Kelley Engineering Center (campus map)
4107
Shannon Thompson
1 541 737 7234
shannon.thompson at oregonstate.edu
Sch Elect Engr/Comp Sci
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