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Reference Number EP/R021333/1
Title The value of Interconnection in a Changing EU Electricity system
Status Completed
Energy Categories OTHER POWER and STORAGE TECHNOLOGIES(Electricity transmission and distribution) 50%;
OTHER CROSS-CUTTING TECHNOLOGIES or RESEARCH(Energy system analysis) 25%;
OTHER CROSS-CUTTING TECHNOLOGIES or RESEARCH(Energy Economics) 25%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields SOCIAL SCIENCES (Economics and Econometrics) 50%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 50%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Systems Analysis related to energy R&D (Energy modelling) 100%
Principal Investigator Prof PE (Paul ) Dodds
No email address given
Bartlett Sch of Env, Energy & Resources
University College London
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 April 2018
End Date 31 March 2019
Duration 12 months
Total Grant Value £673,171
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region London
Programme Prospering from the Energy Revolution
 
Investigators Principal Investigator Prof PE (Paul ) Dodds , Bartlett Sch of Env, Energy & Resources, University College London (99.997%)
  Other Investigator Prof KRW (Keith ) Bell , Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Strathclyde (0.001%)
Professor P (Paul ) Ekins , UCL Energy Institute, University College London (0.001%)
Professor MJ Grubb , Bartlett Sch of Env, Energy & Resources, University College London (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Scottish Power Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) (0.000%)
Project Contact , Ofgem (0.000%)
Project Contact , The Scottish Government (0.000%)
Project Contact , National Grid plc (0.000%)
Project Contact , Welsh Assembly Government (0.000%)
Project Contact , Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) (0.000%)
Project Contact , National Infrastructure Commission (0.000%)
Project Contact , Transmission Investment (0.000%)
Project Contact , Utility Regulator for Northern Ireland (0.000%)
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Objectives
Abstract Investing in new European interconnection capacity is one strategy to integrate renewables and nuclear power stations in the electricity systems of GB and Ireland, by maximising their value through exports and meeting demand peaks through imports.This project aims to assess the value of UK interconnectors to the EU-27 and Norway, examining both the GB and the Irish Single Electricity markets, by investigating five hypotheses:1. Expanding GB-linked interconnectors would reduce the cost of electricity for both the UK and the EU-27.2. The operational value of interconnectors will be affected by post-Brexit market relationships (e.g. the GB relationship with the European Energy Union and the Irish Single Electricity market).3. Balancing markets could be an important future source of revenue for interconnectors.4. Previous interconnection modelling studies have misinterpreted spurious correlations caused by continent-wide increases in renewables and other system evolutions.5. The optimal level of investment in GB and I-SEM interconnectors, and between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, in terms of both security and cost, will be affected by the outcome of Brexit negotiations.The ETM-UCL European energy system model and the ANTARES European electricity dispatch model are being used to assess the potential benefits of existing and new interconnection between the UK and the EU-27 and Norway, for a range of post-Brexit policy environments. The impact of interconnectors and renewables on electricity system stability is being assessed.The GCDCN model, adapted from neuroscience, is being developed to identify causal relationships between interconnection investments and price variations across UK and EU-27 markets. This provides a foundation for improving regulatory models and investment business case analyses.
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