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MS Final Examination – James Davidson


Friday, June 15, 2012 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Methods for Short-Term Prediction of Wind Speeds in the Pacific Northwest Columbia Gorge Wind Farm Region
Variable electrical generation sources such as wind and solar are increasingly coming on line and are starting to impact the ability of balancing authorities to control the electric grid. Historically generation sources are controllable and can respond to load changes. Variable generation sources challenge this control method and require additional considerations for successful integration at high penetration levels. This thesis focuses on understanding the nature of wind and uses BPA metrology station data to make predictions for short-term wind speed. It is shown that using the available data and several different prediction methodologies only small improvements in short-term wind speed prediction can be achieved.

Major Advisor: Annette von Jouanne
Committee: Ted Brekken
Committee: Ean Amon
GCR: Karen Shell 


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