System operational costs reduction with non-conventional reactive power sources

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McGarrigle, Edward V.
Leahy, Paul G.
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Wind energy installations are increasing in power systems worldwide and wind generation capacity tends to be located some distance from load centers. A conflict may arise at times of high wind generation when it becomes necessary to curtail wind energy in order to maintain conventional generators on-line for the provision of voltage control support at load centers. Using the island of Ireland as a case study and presenting commercially available reactive power support devices as possible solutions to the voltage control problems in urban areas, this paper explores the reduction in total generation costs resulting from the relaxation of the operational constraints requiring conventional generators to be kept on-line near load centers for reactive power support. The paper shows that by 2020 there will be possible savings of 87€m per annum and a reduction in wind curtailment of more than a percentage point if measures are taken to relax these constraints.
Wind energy , Wind curtailment , Voltage control , Reactive power , System operational constraints , Ireland
McGarrigle, Edward; Leahy Paul G. (2014) 'System operational costs reduction with non-conventional reactive power sources', Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Informatics, Environment, Energy and Applications. Shanghai, China, 27-28 March. International Proceedings of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering, pp.115-119