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An indeterminate future: Assessing the need for greater US–Canada transmission integration

Joel Krupa

Utilities Policy, 2012, vol. 23, issue C, 99-101

Abstract: Ongoing shifts in energy supply and demand dynamics have created extensive, volatile mismatches in electricity spot market pricing between neighboring Canadian and US jurisdictions. Under such circumstances, it is tempting to assume that additional international transmission interconnections are urgently required and would help to mitigate costly pricing incongruities. However, a number of geopolitical, economic, social, environmental, and technical uncertainties are emerging in North American energy markets and should be prudently assessed prior to the initiation of large-scale infrastructural upgrades or new investments. This brief article outlines five key trends for transmitters and policymakers to consider going forward and concludes that, if current trends discussed herein continue unabated, further trans-border grid integration will likely be unfeasible in the relatively short-term. Further research into this critical topical area is urged.

Keywords: Transmission policy; Energy planning; Energy policy; Electricity policy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012
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DOI: 10.1016/j.jup.2012.06.001

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