Working Paper No. 1162

Equilibrium Supply Security in a Multinational Electricity Market with Renewable Production

Published: April 11, 2017Pages: 38Keywords: Capacity mechanism; Decentralized policy making; Multinational electricity market; Network investment; Security of supplyJEL-codes: D24; H23; L94; Q48

Equilibrium Supply Security in a Multinational Electricity Market with Renewable Production Thomas Tangerås


An increasing reliance on solar and wind power has raised concern about system ability to consistently satisfy electricity demand. This paper examines countries’ unilateral incentives to achieve supply security through capacity reserves and market integration in a multinational electricity market.

Capacity reserves protect consumers against blackouts and extreme prices, but distort consumption and investment. Market integration alleviates supply constraints, but requires costly network reinforcement. Capacity reserves can be up- or downward distorted, but network investment is always insu¢ cient in equilibrium.

Capacity reserves are smaller when there are …nancial markets or when dispatched solely to resolve domestic supply constraints.

Thomas Tangerås

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