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The benefits of integrating European electricity markets

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  • David Newbery
  • Goran Strbac
  • Ivan Viehoff

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The European Commission’s Target Electricity Model aims to integrate EU electricity markets. This paper estimates the potential benefit to the EU of coupling interconnectors to increase the efficiency of trading day-ahead, intra-day and sharing balancing services efficiently across borders. Further gains are possible by eliminating unscheduled flows and avoiding the curtailment of renewables with better market design. In the short run the gains could be as high as €3.3 billion/yr, more than 100% of the current gains from trade. About one-third of this total comes from day-ahead coupling and another third from shared balancing.

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  • David Newbery & Goran Strbac & Ivan Viehoff, 2015. "The benefits of integrating European electricity markets," Cambridge Working Papers in Economics 1509, Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge.
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    Keywords

    electricity market coupling; interconnectors; balancing; benefits;
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    JEL classification:

    • D61 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Allocative Efficiency; Cost-Benefit Analysis
    • F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration
    • L51 - Industrial Organization - - Regulation and Industrial Policy - - - Economics of Regulation
    • L94 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities - - - Electric Utilities

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