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Impact of a large penetration of wind generation on the GB gas network


Citation Qadrdan, M., Chaudry, M., Jainzhong, W., Jenkins, N. and Ekanayake, J. Impact of a large penetration of wind generation on the GB gas network. 2010. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2010.05.016.
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Author(s) Qadrdan, M., Chaudry, M., Jainzhong, W., Jenkins, N. and Ekanayake, J.
Opus Title Energy Policy
Pages 5684-5695
Volume 38
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2010.05.016
Abstract

Wind power is expected to be the major element of renewable electricity generation in Great Britain (GB) by 2020 with a capacity of around 30GW. The potential impact of a large amount of wind generation on the GB gas network was investigated using a combined gas and electricity network model. The varying nature of gas and electric power flows, network support facilities such as gas storage and compressors, and the power ramping characteristics of various power plants were considered. Three case studies were modelled, one case uses the existing network and the other two make use of a hypothesised network in 2020 with two distinct levels of wind generation representing low and high wind periods. The simulation results show that a large penetration of wind generation will influence the electricity generation mix as the wind power varies. Gas-fired generation is used to compensatefor wind variability. This will cause increased flows and compressor power consumption on the gas network. Linepack depletion during low wind periods was shown to limit the ability of the gas network to fully supply gas-fired generators.