Spatial smoothing of onshore wind: Implications for strategic development in Scotland

Andrew N. Commin, Magnus W.h. Davidson, Nicola Largey, Paul Gaffney, David W. Braidwood, Stuart W. Gibb, John Mcclatchey

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

2 Citations (Scopus)
15 Downloads (Pure)

Abstract

High levels of wind penetration is widely accepted as presenting problems for energy security. With increasing wind deployment this issue is well recognised in Scotland. Spatial smoothing of generation is seen as one method to enhance energy security in a high wind penetration system. This requires wind farms to be developed in a way to take advantage of this smoothing; however, this is not part of the UK/Scottish government wind deployment strategy – which is instead developer led. This research seeks to contribute to a strategic approach to wind development in Scotland, taking into account spatial smoothing – which is shown in this study to be statistically significant within Scotland.
Providing quantification of which pre-existing areas of large-scale wind development in Scotland should be the focus of further development and which are of least benefit. Wind farms in southern Scotland offer least in terms
of energy security, due to over-concentration of deployment in this area, further development here should be in part considered in terms of export value, rather than utilization within Scotland. The two island areas modelled are shown to have high spatial smoothing value. This work should help inform current political discourse over grid connections to these areas.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)36-48
Number of pages13
JournalEnergy Policy
Volume109
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2017

Fingerprint

smoothing
wind farm
Energy security
penetration
political discourse
energy
strategic approach
Farms

Keywords

  • Onshore wind
  • Spatial smoothing
  • Strategic development
  • Energy security
  • Environmental impacts

Cite this

Commin, Andrew N. ; Davidson, Magnus W.h. ; Largey, Nicola ; Gaffney, Paul ; Braidwood, David W. ; Gibb, Stuart W. ; Mcclatchey, John. / Spatial smoothing of onshore wind: Implications for strategic development in Scotland. In: Energy Policy. 2017 ; Vol. 109. pp. 36-48.
@article{b434b245f9544c569d9793e5ed6a8ca8,
title = "Spatial smoothing of onshore wind:: Implications for strategic development in Scotland",
abstract = "High levels of wind penetration is widely accepted as presenting problems for energy security. With increasing wind deployment this issue is well recognised in Scotland. Spatial smoothing of generation is seen as one method to enhance energy security in a high wind penetration system. This requires wind farms to be developed in a way to take advantage of this smoothing; however, this is not part of the UK/Scottish government wind deployment strategy – which is instead developer led. This research seeks to contribute to a strategic approach to wind development in Scotland, taking into account spatial smoothing – which is shown in this study to be statistically significant within Scotland.Providing quantification of which pre-existing areas of large-scale wind development in Scotland should be the focus of further development and which are of least benefit. Wind farms in southern Scotland offer least in termsof energy security, due to over-concentration of deployment in this area, further development here should be in part considered in terms of export value, rather than utilization within Scotland. The two island areas modelled are shown to have high spatial smoothing value. This work should help inform current political discourse over grid connections to these areas.",
keywords = "Onshore wind, Spatial smoothing, Strategic development, Energy security, Environmental impacts",
author = "Commin, {Andrew N.} and Davidson, {Magnus W.h.} and Nicola Largey and Paul Gaffney and Braidwood, {David W.} and Gibb, {Stuart W.} and John Mcclatchey",
note = "Copyright {\circledC} 2017 Elsevier B.V. or its licensors or contributors.",
year = "2017",
month = "10",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1016/j.enpol.2017.06.038",
language = "English",
volume = "109",
pages = "36--48",
journal = "Energy Policy",
issn = "0301-4215",
publisher = "Elsevier BV",

}

Spatial smoothing of onshore wind: Implications for strategic development in Scotland. / Commin, Andrew N.; Davidson, Magnus W.h.; Largey, Nicola; Gaffney, Paul; Braidwood, David W.; Gibb, Stuart W.; Mcclatchey, John.

In: Energy Policy, Vol. 109, 01.10.2017, p. 36-48.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

TY - JOUR

T1 - Spatial smoothing of onshore wind:

T2 - Implications for strategic development in Scotland

AU - Commin, Andrew N.

AU - Davidson, Magnus W.h.

AU - Largey, Nicola

AU - Gaffney, Paul

AU - Braidwood, David W.

AU - Gibb, Stuart W.

AU - Mcclatchey, John

N1 - Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. or its licensors or contributors.

PY - 2017/10/1

Y1 - 2017/10/1

N2 - High levels of wind penetration is widely accepted as presenting problems for energy security. With increasing wind deployment this issue is well recognised in Scotland. Spatial smoothing of generation is seen as one method to enhance energy security in a high wind penetration system. This requires wind farms to be developed in a way to take advantage of this smoothing; however, this is not part of the UK/Scottish government wind deployment strategy – which is instead developer led. This research seeks to contribute to a strategic approach to wind development in Scotland, taking into account spatial smoothing – which is shown in this study to be statistically significant within Scotland.Providing quantification of which pre-existing areas of large-scale wind development in Scotland should be the focus of further development and which are of least benefit. Wind farms in southern Scotland offer least in termsof energy security, due to over-concentration of deployment in this area, further development here should be in part considered in terms of export value, rather than utilization within Scotland. The two island areas modelled are shown to have high spatial smoothing value. This work should help inform current political discourse over grid connections to these areas.

AB - High levels of wind penetration is widely accepted as presenting problems for energy security. With increasing wind deployment this issue is well recognised in Scotland. Spatial smoothing of generation is seen as one method to enhance energy security in a high wind penetration system. This requires wind farms to be developed in a way to take advantage of this smoothing; however, this is not part of the UK/Scottish government wind deployment strategy – which is instead developer led. This research seeks to contribute to a strategic approach to wind development in Scotland, taking into account spatial smoothing – which is shown in this study to be statistically significant within Scotland.Providing quantification of which pre-existing areas of large-scale wind development in Scotland should be the focus of further development and which are of least benefit. Wind farms in southern Scotland offer least in termsof energy security, due to over-concentration of deployment in this area, further development here should be in part considered in terms of export value, rather than utilization within Scotland. The two island areas modelled are shown to have high spatial smoothing value. This work should help inform current political discourse over grid connections to these areas.

KW - Onshore wind

KW - Spatial smoothing

KW - Strategic development

KW - Energy security

KW - Environmental impacts

U2 - 10.1016/j.enpol.2017.06.038

DO - 10.1016/j.enpol.2017.06.038

M3 - Article

VL - 109

SP - 36

EP - 48

JO - Energy Policy

JF - Energy Policy

SN - 0301-4215

ER -