Wind following with pumped hydroelectric energy storage in New Brunswick

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University of New Brunswick


With persistently increasing fuel prices and growing environmental concerns, the energy from renewable resources, particularly wind energy is becoming immensely popular throughout the world. However, the main drawback of wind power is its inherent variability and uncertainty of source. This has ignited a renewed interest in Pumped Hydroelectric Energy Storage (PHES) systems. PHES today is considered the most effective method to overcome the wind variability problem. The province of New Brunswick having set its renewable energy portfolio standard at 10% by 2016 has seen a number of large scale wind power additions to the grid. In this thesis, the introduction of PHES in the New Brunswick electric grid is investigated for its technical and economic feasibility. PHES is being used as the means to balance wind variation and minimize the overall generation cost of the New Brunswick power system.