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Renewable Electric Energy Integration: Quantifying the Value of Design of Markets for International Transmission Capacity

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  • Karsten Neuhoff
  • Rodney Boyd
  • Thilo Grau
  • Julian Barquin
  • Francisco Echavarren
  • Janusz Bialek
  • Chris Dent
  • Christian von Hirschhausen
  • Benjamin Hobbs
  • Friedrich Kunz
  • Hannes Weigt
  • Christian Nabe
  • Georgios Papaefthymiou
  • Christoph Weber

Abstract

Integrating large quantities of supply-driven renewable electricity generation remains a political and operational challenge. One of the main obstacles in Europe to installing at least 200 GWs of power from variable renewable sources is how to deal with the insufficient network capacity and the congestion that will result from new flow patterns. We model the current methodology for controlling congestion at international borders and compare its results, under varying penetrations of wind power, with a model that simulates an integrated European network that utilises nodal/localised marginal pricing. The nodal pricing simulations illustrate that congestion - and price - patterns vary considerably between wind scenarios and within countries, and that a nodal price regime could make fuller use of existing EU network capacity, introducing substantial operational cost savings and reducing marginal power prices in the majority of European countries.

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Paper provided by DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research in its series Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin with number 1166.

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Length: 47 p.
Date of creation: 2011
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Handle: RePEc:diw:diwwpp:dp1166

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Keywords: Power market design; renewable power integration; congestion management; transmission economics;

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  1. Holmberg, P. & Lazarczyk, E., 2012. "Congestion management in electricity networks: Nodal, zonal and discriminatory pricing," Cambridge Working Papers in Economics 1219, Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge.
  2. Friedrich Kunz & Alexander Zerrahn, 2013. "The Benefit of Coordinating Congestion Management in Germany," Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin 1298, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.
  3. Hagspiel, Simeon & Jägemann, Cosima & Lindenberger, Dietmar & Brown, Tom & Cherevatskiy, Stanislav & Tröster, Eckehard, 2013. "Cost-Optimal Power System Extension under Flow-Based Market Coupling," EWI Working Papers 2013-9, Energiewirtschaftliches Institut an der Universitaet zu Koeln.
  4. Katrin Schmitz & Christoph Weber, 2013. "Does One Design Fit All? On The Transferability Of The PJM Market Design To The German Electricity Market," EWL Working Papers 1302, University of Duisburg-Essen, Chair for Management Science and Energy Economics, revised Apr 2013.

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