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G Cornelis van Kooten, University of Victoria: Storing Intermittent Wind and Solar Energy Behind Hydroelectric Dams
I have developed an Alberta grid model to investigate the economics of integrating intermittent wind and solar energy. There is potential to address intermittency by storing wind or solar power that is not needed at a particular time behind BC’s hydro dams. This requires modeling the BC electricity grid and, primarily, its hydroelectric power generating system. This includes looking into the snowmelt resulting in the annual freshet, and how the pattern of generation changes throughout the year. The BC model would then be integrated with the AB model and used to investigate the extent to which BC storage can complement and make wind/solar energy from AB more effective in reducing CO2 emissions and at what cost.

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