Project overview:

An Offshore Wind Energy Development Strategy to Maximize Electrical System Benefits in Southern Oregon and Northern California

Awardee:

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)

Started:

Q4, 2021

Technical Challenge Area:

Electrical Power Systems

Completed:

Q3, 2023

Synopsis:

In this project, PNNL will solidify a transmission valuation approach which frames and then comprehensively quantifies the value of offshore wind to the power grid under specific development, interconnection and transmission scenarios. The framework will evaluate the offshore wind resource in Northern California and Southern Oregon.

Target Outcomes:

1
Develop a system valuation methodology for transmission options that deliver offshore wind energy to load centers.
2
Apply the system valuation methodology to three different transmission scenarios of interest, conducting power systems analysis and assessing the value of offshore wind in that scenario.
3
Convene relevant stakeholders - including offshore wind developers, regional transmission operators, and state and federal policymakers - as advisors on the project.
4
Use project outcomes to guide state policy in Oregon and California and stand as a rubric for future grid integration studies in other regions of the U.S.

NOWRDC Project Manager

4adc05b0-eca4-470b-bcda-c0e6ba1a3e41
Program Manager

Project Principle Investigator

Travis Douville
Project Manager, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

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