NOWEGIS – a DOE-commissioned study coordinated by experts from ABB, AWS Truepower, Duke Energy, DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering – was launched by the DOE in 2011 and completed this summer. The ABB-led team investigated key economic and technology questions about what the integration of offshore wind energy onto the national grid would entail.
The NOWEGIS team helped determine the expected staging of offshore wind development in each of the coastal regions, developed expected wind generation production profiles, assessed the applicability of integration study methods to offshore wind production, assessed a variety of offshore wind collection and delivery technologies, and considered regulatory issues that may influence the selection of technologies or the implementation of systems.
Among the key findings from the NOWEGIS study:
“We would also like to thank the U.S. Department of Energy for their support and confidence in this team, and we hope this study provides valuable insight for utilities, developers, legislators, regulators and other decision makers on laying the groundwork for offshore wind to become part of the U.S. energy portfolio,” said Daniel.
Electric power generated by wind resources has become an increasingly important part of the energy production portfolio of the U.S. The majority of current wind production, however, is land-based in spite of significant and accessible wind resources offshore, as well as significant technological developments for offshore wind production in recent years
The 281-page report, commissioned by DOE in 2011, also contains analysis and conclusions on available technology capabilities and potential future developments, grid interconnection scenarios, offshore wind staging projections and a federal and state regulatory review among other related issues.
In addition to John Daniel from ABB, the team leadership for this project was provided by Ken Pennock (AWS Truepower), Spencer Hanes (Duke Energy), Dr. Eduardo Ibanez (NREL) and Dr. Gregory Reed (University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering).
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