Why Exporting Solar Energy over HVDC Lines During Summer Could Be Beneficial for California

Why Exporting Solar Energy over HVDC Lines During Summer Could Be Beneficial for California

Why Exporting Solar Energy over HVDC Lines During Summer Could Be Beneficial for California

05/04/19

“Why might exporting solar energy during fire season be in California’s benefit?”

Using HVDC for cross-border energy trading in and out of California is a fiery topic. Although it could achieve regional grid integration and help solve many indeterminacy issues, it also holds great risk in decreasing fire resilience if done during the fire-prone summer. Since we’ve already discussed some alternative against summertime export, it would only be fair to include solutions in support. Since California generates an oversupply of solar energy during the Summer, it can be exported to less sun-blessed states such as Oregon and Washington. Not only would this make-up for its winter deficits, but could also be used a policy leverage tool with other states. This is Why Exporting Solar Energy over HVDC Lines During Summer Could Be Beneficial for California.

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