White Papers

Wind Curtailment

Assessing and Mitigating Risks

Categorized Under: Energy



In this white paper, ICF International examines the current situation surrounding wind curtailment and potential solutions to help stakeholders assess and mitigate risks. Wind power has rapidly grown into a significant force in today's energy markets, but this development has not come without its challenges. In areas across the United States, wind power output has exceeded the available capacity to transfer that energy to load centers. Consequently, congestion-plagued grid operators are forcing wind producers to curtail their production—and lose significant revenue in the process.

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Authored By

  • Judah Rose

    Senior Vice President and Managing DirectorICF International

    Judah Rose joined ICF International in 1982 and has 30 years of experience in the energy industry with clients such as electric utilities, financial institutions, law firms, government agencies, fuel companies, and independent power producers (IPPs). He is an ICF Distinguished Consultant, an honorary title given to three of ICF's 4,500+ employees. He has served on the ICF Board of Directors as the management shareholder representative.

    Mr. Rose has supported the financing of tens of billions of dollars of new and existing power plants and is a frequent counselor to the financial community. He provides expert testimony and litigation support, addressed approximately 100 major energy conferences, and authored numerous articles.

    Mr. Rose has a B.S. degree in Economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.P.P. degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

  • Ken Collison

    Vice PresidentICF International

    Ken Collison, who joined ICF International in 2002, has expertise in transmission studies, power system reliability studies, critical infrastructure protection, transmission and ancillary services valuation, generation analysis, utility restructuring, and strategic studies.

    Mr. Collison has developed full alternating current (AC) nonlinear power flow models for detailed power system engineering studies, including power system reliability assessment, contingency analysis, and total transfer capability analysis for the networks of several power pools in the United States. In several power markets, he has led studies to determine the impact of major proposed transmission projects on the ability of the market operators to reliably meet system demand.

  • Kiran Kumaraswamy

    Senior ManagerICF International

    Kiran Kumaraswamy has expertise in transmission planning studies, transmission asset valuation, due diligence, locational marginal price (LMP) forecasting, merchant transmission investment assessment, and power systems modeling. He also specializes in generation interconnection assessments, estimation of transmission congestion, North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) reliability standards compliance, and benefits of regional transmission organizations (RTO) in deregulated energy markets. Prior to joining ICF, Mr. Kumaraswamy worked on the dynamics of distributed generation (DG) systems where he studied the modeling of fuel cells and microturbines related to power generation.

    Mr. Kumaraswamy extensively uses GE-MAPS©, PowerWorld©, and PSLF© for modeling applications and analysis. A certified Project Management Professional (PMP), he holds an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Madras, India.

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Published: Apr 30, 2012
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Source: ICF International

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