Understanding the Balancing Challenge

Wed Aug 01 16:24:38 EDT 2012
By Sean Gammons and Richard Druce with Goran Strbac, Marko Aunedi, Danny Pudjianto, and Predrag Djapic of Imperial College London

In this report for the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change, NERA Director Sean Gammons and Senior Consultant Richard Druce, along with a team from Imperial College London, analyse the system balancing challenge caused by the increasing penetration of renewable power generation, electric heating, and electric vehicles.

The report analyses the role that "alternative balancing technologies" (interconnection, flexible generation, electrical storage, and demand-side response) can play in meeting this system balancing challenge over the period to 2050. The team also examines potential barriers to the efficient deployment of alternative balancing technologies created by market and regulatory arrangements, and identifies some possible solutions for overcoming them.