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The renewable energy targets of the Maghreb countries: Impact on electricity supply and conventional power markets


  • Brand, Bernhard

    (Energiewirtschaftliches Institut an der Universitaet zu Koeln)

  • Zingerle, Jonas

    (Energiewirtschaftliches Institut an der Universitaet zu Koeln)


Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia, the three countries of the North African Maghreb region, are showing increased efforts to integrate renewable electricity into their power markets. Like many other countries, they have pronounced renewable energy targets, defining future shares of “green” electricity in their national generation mixes. The individual national targets are relatively varied, reflecting the different availability of renewable resources in each country, but also the different political ambitions for renewable electricity in the Maghreb states. Open questions remain regarding the targets’ economic impact on the power markets. Our article addresses this issue by applying a linear electricity market optimization model to the North African countries. Assuming a competitive, regional electricity market in the Maghreb, the model minimizes dispatch and investment costs and simulates the impact of the renewable energy targets on the conventional generation system until 2025. Special emphasis is put on investment decisions and overall system costs.

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  • Brand, Bernhard & Zingerle, Jonas, 2010. "The renewable energy targets of the Maghreb countries: Impact on electricity supply and conventional power markets," EWI Working Papers 2010-2, Energiewirtschaftliches Institut an der Universitaet zu Koeln (EWI).
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:ewikln:2010_002

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    1. Brand, Bernhard & Boudghene Stambouli, Amine & Zejli, Driss, 2012. "The value of dispatchability of CSP plants in the electricity systems of Morocco and Algeria," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 47(C), pages 321-331.
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    North Africa; Renewable energy sources; Electricity markets;
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    JEL classification:

    • L94 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities - - - Electric Utilities
    • Q42 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Alternative Energy Sources

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