In a new report for Statnett, “Redispatch and Countertrade Costs – The Impact of German Bidding Zones”, we analyse the grid bottlenecks in Germany and discusses option for how these can be handled efficiently.
The Norwegian CO2 compensation scheme compensates power-intensive industry for the indirect carbon costs they face via electricity prices. Our study finds that the scheme is likely to have mitigated carbon leakage from Norwegian industry.
The Baltic and Polish power sectors face a major transition, and developments affect the Nordic market. Our new forecasts for the Baltic and Polish power price describe the transition using three scenarios for technology development and climate and energy policy
Transport21 recommends increased research effort towards the missions zero, freedom of movement and value creation and competitiveness. The good life and a competitive business sector” is the strategy’s vision. THEMA has assisted in the process
Offshore wind in the Baltic Sea could provide for more than a third of all current electricity demand in the neighbouring countries, but exploiting this potential efficiently will require stronger cooperation, better planning and regulatory reform.
Capacity-based grid tariffs are becoming more common. In a report for the Swedish Energy Market Inspectorate, we find both tariff design and the implementation process to be critical to success.
Hydrogen offers much needed flexibility to the future low-carbon energy system and has few if any alternatives. The potential is largest where direct electrification is not an option. Hydrogen presents interesting opportunities for Norwegian industry.
Experience with Local Energy Communities is limited. They would be better supported by time-limited regulatory exemptions to facilitate experimentation than by reform of the current regime, which might put consumer protections and efficiency at risk.
Achieving climate goals requires significant investment in the electricity network. The associated costs are borne by customers. If network charges are equalised nationally, overall costs will increase and electrification will be made less cost-effective.
In 2018, Statnett tested the remote disconnection of loads as a source of flexibility in Northern Norway as part of the ‘Large-Scale Load Management’ pilot project. THEMA’s evaluation concludes that the pilot was successful, although its scale was smaller than originally planned.