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Optimization of the Implementation of Renewable Resources in a Municipal Electric Utility in Arizona

Abstract A municipal electric utility in Mesa, Arizona with a peak load of approximately 85 megawatts (MW) was analyzed to determine how the implementation of renewable resources (both wind and solar) would affect the overall cost of energy purchased by the utility. The utility currently purchases all of its energy through long term energy supply contracts and does not own any generation assets and so optimization was achieved by minimizing the overall cost of energy while adhering to specific constraints on how much energy the utility could purchase from the short term energy market. Scenarios were analyzed for a five percent and a ten percent penetration of renewable energy in the years 2015 and 2025. Demand Side Management measures (through th... (more)
Created Date 2014
Contributor Cadorin, Anthony (Author) / Phelan, Patrick (Advisor) / Calhoun, Ronald (Committee member) / Trimble, Steven (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Mechanical engineering / Energy
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 129 pages
Language English
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Note Masters Thesis Mechanical Engineering 2014
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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