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Quantifying CO2 savings from wind power

Joseph Wheatley

Energy Policy, 2013, vol. 63, issue C, pages 89-96

Abstract: A method of quantifying operational CO2 savings from wind power generation is described with reference to the 2011 Irish electricity grid. Based on an emissions model and 12-hourly generation time-series for each grid connected thermal generator, it is estimated that wind power saved 0.28tCO2/MWh on average, relative to an implied average carbon intensity in the absence of wind of 0.52tCO2/MWh. These low savings are explained in terms of the response of individual thermal generators to intermittent wind generation.

Keywords: Wind power; CO2; Intermittency (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
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