Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE credits
At the beginning, the rst operation concern of electricity transmission networks is to
ensure the security of power system. These interconnections are also used for the purpose
of exchanging electricity from one country to another. They have a central role
to achieve the integrated European electricity market by allowing electricity supplier
to sell energy to a customer in another EU country. This enables market players to
trade electricity depending on opportunities and prices in various bidding areas in Europe.
The interconnections contribute therefore to the eectiveness of the European
electricity market. The volume of trade is however limited by the physical limitations of
the transmission lines, which are determined by the TSOs through cross border capacity
calculations and assigned to the actors based on dierent market mechanisms (e.g.
The fast development of renewable energy sources has increased the imbalances between
supply and demand. This further increases constraints on transmission lines, including
the interconnections between neighboring countries. In order to manage this problematic
situation, the modication of the bidding areas conguration is often considered as
a solution. Dierent studies developed methods based on nodes aggregation or minimization
of re-dispatching costs to dene the price areas. However, the impact of this
kind of measure on the overall system is not well studied.
This master thesis work presents a general methodology to study the impact of a new
bidding zone conguration in the French electrical network from a market point of view.
In order to dene a relevant bidding zone conguration in the system, physical ows on
the lines are determined and the two ends of binding links are located in two dierent
bidding zones. Then, electricity price, social welfare evolution and modication of the
ows due to the new generation pattern are presented in order to evaluate and analyze
the impact of the new bidding zone conguration on the market.
The modelling limits are analyzed in order to evaluate the proposed approach.
2014. , 102 p.