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Congestion Management in European Power Networks: Criteria to Assess the Available Options

Karsten Neuhoff (), Benjamin Hobbs () and David M Newbery ()

No 1161, Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin from DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research

Abstract: EU Member States are pursuing large scale investment in renewable generation in order to meet a 2020 target to source 20% of total energy sources by renewables. As the location for this new generation differs from the location of existing generation sources, and is often on the extremities of the electricity network, it will create new flow patterns and transmission needs. While congestion exists between European countries, increasing the penetration of variable sources of energy will change the current cross-border congestion profile. It becomes increasingly important for the power market design to foster the full use of existing transmission capacity and allow for robust operation even in the presence of system congestion. After identifying five criteria that an effective congestion management scheme for European countries will need, this paper critically assess to what extent the various approaches satisfy the requirements.

Keywords: Power market design; integrating renewables; congestion management (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2011
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