Achieving a sufficient and efficient development of the transmission grid in the new low-carbon and region-wide coordinated electricity markets being created will be central to their success. This requires setting up the required institutional framework and cost allocation arrangements, which is specially challenging when the relevant market covers several independent countries or administrative areas (like states or provinces). The features of the set of institutions to have in place and the interactions among them, as well as the network cost allocation arrangements implemented, are critical issues to ensure an efficient and sufficient development of the grid. This paper addresses those issues and argues that they should be defined with the aim to properly take into account the benefits to be produced by network reinforcements, since these are driven by the benefits they produce. This article discusses how the expected benefits of transmission network expansion projects should affect the organization of the expansion of the grid, the expansion planning algorithms applied and the allocation of the cost of network reinforcements. After discussing the definition of the principles to be applied to these activities in an integrated system, the implications of these in a regional, or multi-system, context are provided.
Keywords: Transmission benefits, Network expansion planning, Network cost allocation, Expansion planning institutional design, Regional markets
Economics of Energy & Environmental Policy. Volume: 7 Issue: 1 Pages: 47-62
JCR Impact Factor and Scopus quartile: 1.639 - Q1 (2017)
DOI reference: 10.5547/2160-5890.7.1.lolm
Published on paper: March 2018.