Wind generation and electricity demand during the severe winter of 2009/10 in Ireland

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Abstract

Throughout the world the share of wind power in the generation mix is increasing. In the All Island Grid, of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland there is now over 1.5 GW of installed wind power. As the penetration of these variable, non-dispatchable generators increases, power systems are becoming more sensitive to weather events on the supply side as well as on the demand side. In the temperate climate of Ireland, sensitivity of supply to weather is mainly due to wind variability while demand sensitivity is driven by space heating or cooling loads. The interplay of these two weather-driven effects is of particular concern if demand spikes driven by low temperatures coincide with periods of low winds. In December 2009 and January 2010 Ireland experienced a prolonged spell of unusually cold conditions. During much of this time, wind generation output was low due to low wind speeds. The impacts of this event are presented as a case study of the effects of weather extremes on power systems with high penetrations of variable renewable generation.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2010
Event4th International Conference on Sustainable Energy & Environmental Protection Conference (SEEP10) - Bari, Italy
Duration: 01 Jun 201001 Jun 2010

Conference

Conference4th International Conference on Sustainable Energy & Environmental Protection Conference (SEEP10)
CountryItaly
CityBari
Period01/06/201001/06/2010

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