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Optimal interconnection and renewable targets for north-west Europe

  • Lynch, Muireann Á.
  • Tol, Richard S.J.
  • O'Malley, Mark J.

We present a mixed-integer, linear programming model for determining optimal interconnection for a given level of renewable generation using a cost minimisation approach. Optimal interconnection and capacity investment decisions are determined under various targets for renewable penetration. The model is applied to a test system for eight regions in Northern Europe. It is found that considerations on the supply side dominate demand side considerations when determining optimal interconnection investment: interconnection is found to decrease generation capacity investment and total costs only when there is a target for renewable generation. Higher wind integration costs see a concentration of wind in high-wind regions with interconnection to other regions.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Energy Policy.

Volume (Year): 51 (2012)
Issue (Month): C ()
Pages: 605-617

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Handle: RePEc:eee:enepol:v:51:y:2012:i:c:p:605-617
DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2012.09.002
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