HVDC Transmission and Solar Power in the US Southwest

Abstract:

In this paper, we examine the economic viability of two new energy technologies when implemented in the US Southwest. The first technology of interest is a long distance high voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission link between Texas and Southern California that is constructed using a so-called “nanowire” technology. The second technology is grid-connected photovoltaic solar power. We investigate the potential value of these technologies by examining how profitable they would likely have been if they had been available in 2003.