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electric utility

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Strategic Consulting

Geospatial Analysis

renewable energy site location study

confidential client

the need

In order to expand and grow their renewable energy generation capabilities, energy companies must determine if an area is suitable for green field development or if there are plants that would be candidates for acquisition.

Areas being evaluated range in size from a section of a state up to a multi-state region. Each area was analyzed In order to reduce the size of the area being considered. Prohibitive factors that were incorporated into the analysis include land-use, protected lands, and steep slopes. The analysis also took into consideration positive factors such as vicinity to transmission lines or availability of supply (adequate average winds or solar potential).

the solution

Patrick Engineering’s Geospatial Services Team collected data from multiple sources. This data was combined and spatial analysis was used to eliminate those areas that would not be acceptable for plant siting. In addition, analysis was conducted for proposed plants to determine their position within the independent service operator (ISO) generation queue. Further analysis was conducted for some regions to take into account a weighted approach for certain factors (distance from transmission line or degree of slope, capacity for new load on transmission lines, and historic/projected electrical pricing at Locational Margin Price (LMP) Hubs). In addition to the analysis, ArcGIS was used to create both static and online mapping that allowed the business development team to review proposed sites, provide links to the ISO queue and pricing data for more site-specific analysis.

the benefits

  • Creating a standard screening requires the organization to come to a consensus on what characteristics are to be considered for viability. This encourages the development team to be on the same page in comparing multiple studies based on a uniform set of criteria.

  • A more analytical approach to determining which areas are developable can be done by setting up measurable criteria. Establishing measureable criteria allows for initial criteria to receive feedback and improves the overall results. 

  • The study eliminates large areas from consideration. This allows the business development team to focus on the areas that would have the greatest potential for success, thus saving them valuable time and money.

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