GE-led study reaffirms renewable power integration capabilities in Barbados

Source:GE Energy Consulting

GE Energy Consulting simulations show Barbados Light & Power’s system will be able to exceed 16 percent renewable energy integration over time.

In order to develop a comprehensive assessment on the impact of increased penetrations of wind and solar generation resources on the operation of its island grid, Barbados Light & Power Corporation (BLPC) enlisted GE’s Energy Consulting business (NYSE: GE) to lead its Barbados Renewable Integration Study (BRIS).

The goal of the BRIS was to assess the technical and economic impact of intermittent renewable energy resources on the generation, transmission and distribution system of the BLPC. The study addressed the potential challenges of operating BLPC’s power system with increasing levels of wind and solar power generation and provided recommendations on:

•Any necessary changes to the requirements and standards for interconnecting intermittent renewable energy resources to the Barbados grid system.
•The maximum allowable intermittent renewable energy limit that can be accommodated on the existing system without mitigation measures.
•Mitigation measures, including energy storage technologies, and associated costs to accommodate renewable energy for the scenarios presented.

The study was conducted to determine the long-term impact of renewables. Overall, four scenarios were chosen to be analyzed, ranging from a business-as-usual reference case with wind and solar resources at current levels to a scenario with 16 percent of annual energy provided by wind and solar resources.

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