Locale : Global (English)
Create document Page
Review document
Page Added

18 February 2015

Mott MacDonald study identifies need for new policies to address integration of variable renewables

A study by Mott MacDonald has concluded that new policies are required for the successful integration of variable renewable energy (VRE) technologies into markets and power systems. The study found that while many of these technologies can provide the additional benefit of promoting efficient markets, policy makers will need to tailor their interventions to suit their country specific factors.

The study, known as RE-INTEGRATION and carried out on behalf of IEA Implementing Agreement for Renewable Energy Technology Deployment (IEA-RETD), addressed the issues and challenges facing the integration of VRE technologies into electricity grids. It looked into the typical country-specific factors determining the choice of integration measures, the applicability and effectiveness of policies and drew general lessons for countries with similar underlying characteristics.

As part of the study, Mott MacDonald consulted with system operators and policy makers in the case study countries. The consultation explored opinions on market design, the perception of specific technical challenges and the types of policies introduced to deal with the increasing renewables penetration.

Simon Harrison, Mott MacDonald’s strategic development manager, said: “Integration of renewable energy into electricity systems on a large scale throws up new and highly technical issues, such as falling system inertia, frequency and voltage control and fault ride-through. Policy makers need to be aware of these issues and how to address them to avoid impacts on electricity system resilience and the reliability of consumer supplies.”

“The greatest challenge will face those countries with weak interconnection and electrical system flexibility. Appropriate integration measures will need to be implemented at lower levels of VRE penetration,” Simon added.

expand-image mail-envelope icon-icon-linkedin-mmdv-green icon-close arrow-left icon-section icon-section-white arrow-down icon-arrow-down-sml icon-arrow-left-lrg icon-arrow-left-sml icon-arrow-right-lrg icon-arrow-right-sml icon-arrow-up-sml icon-champions icon-section icon-section-white icon-download icon-education icon-email icon-grid-view icon-language icon-link-to icon-list-view icon-location icon-login-register ec-icon-login-register icon-ec-apply-arrow icon-ar-apply-arrow icon-mm-icon-search-ec icon-minus icon-more icon-phone icon-plus icon-recently-viewed icon-search icon hash key-facts-corner-sash quote-underline social-icon-facebook social-icon-googleplus social-icon-linkedin social-icon-twitter social-share-icon-facebook social-share-icon-facebook social-share-icon-googleplus social-share-icon-googleplus social-share-icon-instagram social-share-icon-instagram social-share-icon-linkedin social-share-icon-linkedin social-share-icon-twitter social-share-icon-twitter social-share-icon-youtube social-share-icon-youtube sina-weibo MM-Shape01-Quote-Views MM-Shape03-Quote-Locations MM-Shape05-Quote-Projects MM-Shape12-Quote-Sectors MM-Shape13-Quote-Expertise MM-Shape14-Quote-About-Us MM-Shape14-Quote-Careers checkmark icon-expand-view icon-apply-now menu linkedin-mmdv-green icon-ad-close mail-mmdv-green icon-ad-menu menu-close ec-menu-close sphere icon-cookies icon-legal icon-registered-companies target rotate-screen video-replay-flat video-replay audio-mute audio-play
Mott MacDonald main logo

Would you like to hear more from us?

Sign up to receive notifications