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Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) has released a new report, "Advanced Coal-Wind Hybrid: Economic Analysis," in support of a Western Interstate Energy Board (WIEB) project that was funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.

This scoping study explores the economic and technical feasibility of combining wind farms with an advanced coal generation facility (integrated-gasification combined-cycle coal plant with carbon capture and sequestration) and operating them as a single generation complex in the western U.S.

The study was conducted by an analysis team that consists of staff from LBNL, National Energy Technology Laboratory, National Renewable Energy Laboratory and WIEB.

According to the report, the net benefits of configuring wind and advanced coal in a hybrid project instead of operating them in a stand-alone manner at a remote location are positive but modest. This suggests that the savings in transmission, wind integration and wind resource adequacy costs somewhat outweigh the increased fixed costs per unit of power generation and fuel production.

For more information, visit eetd.lbl.gov

SOURCE: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

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