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Energy policy-New York (State), Energy conservation-New York (State), Electric power distribution, Wind power, Carbon dioxide, Renewable energy sources, Greenhouse gas mitigation, Electric power grid, Wind energy, Carbon dioxide emissions, Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, RGGI, New York State, Renewable Portfolio Standard, RPS


The lack of US federal action regarding the integration of renewable energy into the electric power system has led many state governments to implement their own renewable energy initiatives. Many of these initiatives see renewable energy as a means of reducing power sector carbon dioxide emissions in order to mitigate global climate change. New York has taken steps to increase its renewable energy production through the adoption of a Renewable Portfolio Standard. The New York Renewable Portfolio Standard emphasizes the available wind resource potential in the state and encourages the installation of wind energy technologies. The purpose of this thesis is to evaluate the extent to which wind energy implementation could reduce carbon dioxide emissions in New York. This analysis is completed using a model of the Northeastern Power Coordinating Council US bulk electric power system and data from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory Eastern Wind Integration and Transmission Study. Through the evaluation and analysis of various combinations of installed wind power capacity and load levels, this analysis determined that the implementation of 1,025 MW of wind power has the potential to reduce New York carbon dioxide emissions by up to 7%.




64 p. : col. ill., col. map. Honors project-Smith College, Northampton, Mass., 2011. Includes bibliographical references (p. 51-55)