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The costs of electricity interruptions in Spain. Are we sending the right signals?

P. Linares, L. Rey

Energy Policy Vol. 61, pp. 751 - 760


One of the objectives of energy security is the uninterrupted physical availability of energy. However, there is limited information about how much is the cost of energy supply interruptions. This information is essential to optimize investment and operating decisions to prevent energy shortages, or, alternatively, to determine the strength of the signals to be sent to the agents so that they may invest accordingly. In this paper, we estimate the economic impact of an electricity interruption in different sectors and regions of Spain. Although there are several caveats in our analysis, we find that in 2008 the cost for the Spanish economy of one kWh of electricity not supplied was above €4 even in a conservative scenario, which is higher than the signals currently being sent as incentives to avoid these interruptions. This might result in an underinvestment in short-term energy security, particularly when we add the usual risk aversion of most consumers.

Palabras Clave: Energy security; Electricity interruptions; Value of lost load

Índice de impacto JCR y cuartil WoS: 2,696 - Q1 (2013); 9,000 - Q1 (2022)

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Publicado en papel: Octubre 2013.

Publicado on-line: Junio 2013.

P. Linares, L. Rey, The costs of electricity interruptions in Spain. Are we sending the right signals?. Energy Policy. Vol. 61, pp. 751 - 760, Octubre 2013. [Online: Junio 2013]

    Líneas de investigación:
  • *Análisis de políticas energéticas sostenibles

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