The main objective of this project is to study the effects on system planning of large wind energy penetration over a period of 20 to 30 years, and to contribute to the definition of a strategy to accommodate as economically as possible, high wind energy penetration levels in power system utilities.
The study will comprise the following scenarios:
A) Supposing a scenario, corresponding to the years 2000 to 2030, with environmental concerns over fossil-fueled thermal energy production (translated into higher fuel prices to penalize fuel burning). B) Supposing successive progress in wind power technologies will make wind energy production more and more attractive.
C) Supposing regulatory agencies will impose a high-level minimum wind energy production.
Such a scenario would lead to a choice of resources which should be quite different from today's choice.
Using the methodology developed in the first part of the study, it will be made an application to the Portuguese electric system.