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Europe’s Energy Transition by Manuel Welsch

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Chapter 15

Curtailment

An Option for Cost-Efficient Integration of Variable Renewable Generation?

Martin Steurer1, Ulrich Fahl1, Alfred Voß1 and Paul Deane2,    1University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany,    2University College Cork (UCC), Cork, Ireland

Abstract

According to European Directive 2009/28/EC, renewable energies enjoy preferential treatment in the electricity grid. However, there will be times when it is not possible to accommodate all priority dispatch generation, such as from wind and solar energy, while maintaining the safe operation of the power system. The security-based curtailment of renewables should be minimized due to European directives. This chapter analyzes the future projections of curtailment needs because of security ...

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