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Better electricity modelling for a changing world

image credit: Raffaele Troise, Head of Quantitative Modelling and Advanced Analytics of Enel and Enel Foundation Fellow, during the presentation of the case study developed with Enel Foundation. © Enel Foundation

The capability of modelling prices and predicting their evolution, estimating evolution of demand and supply, is a central topic for the electricity sector and the core element of the Electricity Price Modelling & Forecasting Forum, which has just seen its 6th edition take place in Berlin.

Enel Foundation joined the Forum to share the latest advances in optimizing modelling for an energy system with greater penetration of decarbonized electricity and influenced by increasingly variable climate scenarios that require algorithms capable to cope with a “new normal”.

Alongside Enel Group’s Administration, Finance and Control Function, Enel Foundation presented a case study on “The impact of physical and transition climate scenarios on energy systems” discussing climate change impacts on the energy system production and distribution in Italy and Spain.

With a growing penetration of variable renewable electricity generation into the power systems of the two countries, based mostly on intermittent resources such as wind or solar radiation, the uncertainties in production output over time have increased and require a review of modelling techniques. Moreover, these uncertainties add to the non-linear evolution in electricity demand, associated with the variability in end uses.

The case study presented by Raffaele Troise, Enel’s Head of Quantitative Modeling and Advanced Analytics and Enel Foundation Fellow, and Claudio Pregagnoli, Senior Researcher at Enel Foundation, carries out the analysis of climate change impacts on the Italian and Spanish energy systems using an integrated energy modelling system called TIMES (The Integrated MARKAL-EFOM System), capable of generating energy scenarios to conduct in-depth energy and environmental projections and analyses.

In the project, several aspects such as commodity prices, policy constraints deployment, technology assumptions and climatic impacts on the demand have been modelled. The preliminary results recently presented in Berlin, show a strong tendency to electrification referring to primary energy consumption.

Enel Foundation is also partner of the International Energy Agency’s Energy Technology Systems Analysis Program (IEA-ETSAP) and member of its Executive Committee. IEA-ETSAP is devoted to development and diffusion of integrated energy modelling systems such as TIMES.

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