The global gas market is growing and competition increasing due to expansions in LNG capacity. EU demand is not expected to grow, but import dependency is set to increase in the next decade. The effects of climate policy and technology development are the main uncertainties in the longer term.
Enova’s new large-scale competition enables network companies and other market players to pilot solutions to exploit local flexibility. But what makes a successful pilot design? THEMA has analysed this issue for Enova.
Statnett are continuing last winter’s pilot to encourage aggregated demand to participate in reserve markets in NO1. THEMA’s evaluation of last year’s pilot showed positive experiences and an increased supply of reserves from flexible demand.
Norwegian regional reform will create larger counties suited for broader responsibilities. For energy, stronger regional plans will be more appropriate than a transfer of tasks from states and municipalities to the county level.
Harmonisation of market designs can improve cross-border competition in the Nordic electricity retail market. Implementation of datahubs is one important measure. The question is, are currently proposed Datahubs designed appropriately?
11 of 10 hydro power projects recently developed in Nordland county are socio economic viable and provides large income and benefits to municipalities, land owners, counties and the Norwegian state.
Increased coordination of operations between grid operators require better improved information exchange. Better information exchange caters for implementation of new measures in distribution grid operations and a stronger role for DSOs.
Small-scale hydro power plants in Norway are profitable and generally viable from a socioeconomic perspective.
Together with ENTSO-E, we analysed the current situation concerning datahubs and data exchange models in Europe. Many countries have moved towards central data exchange models. The next generation of datahubs is set to empower the customer, support the wholesale-retail market integration and facilitate the use of distributed flexibility.
Digitalisation and new technologies, climate policy and new customer preferences will change the characteristics of the power system. This also means that grid regulations should be adapted to deal with new challenges and to adopt new solutions.