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Strategic grid planning

New developments on the European electricity market influence long-term grid planning


In the modelled target grids of the future, flow-based market coupling and the "70% criterion" are taken into account

The simulation of the energy system of the future makes it possible to model the optimal electricity grid for the coming decades as part of strategic grid planning. "Optimal" means enabling climate targets to be achieved at the lowest possible cost.

The new framework conditions of the European electricity market must also be taken into account: Among other things, these provide for bidding zones to be connected by means of "flow-based market coupling" and 70% of cross-border line capacities to be made available for electricity trading.

In the course of this project, the simulation process chain will be expanded to reflect these new developments in the calculations. The target grids determined below for 2030 to 2040 show the future expansion requirements of the transmission grid.

The novelty lies in the first-time consideration of flow-based market coupling and the 70% criterion in the process chains for grid planning. This lays the foundation for designing the transmission infrastructure in line with future requirements. Furthermore, the resulting approaches can also be used to support planning processes for the Network Infrastructure Plan (NIP) in accordance with Section 94 EAG.

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Stephan Österbauer

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1220 Wien

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