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Libro RSE 14006610

Chapter 14 Electricity exchanges with North Africa at 2030 - The European and the Italian approaches

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Regional Energy Initiatives - Medreg and the Energy Community 978-0-415-73723-4, pp. 225-2452014.

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A. L´Abbate (RSE SpA), G. Migliavacca (RSE SpA) , R. Calisti (RSE SpA), C. Brancucci Martínez-Anido (EC Joint Research Centre, Institute for Energy), A. Chaouachi (EC Joint Research Centre, Institute for Energy), G. Fulli (EC Joint Research Centre, Institute for Energy)

EVOLRETE 2014 - Evolution and planning of the national electric system

The present chapter, part of a book reporting current activities and challenges related to Mediterranean energy systems evolution, including MedReg and Energy Community developments, results from a collaboration activity between RSE and EC – JRC. The chapter describes two tightly interrelated approaches, both within a 2030 time horizon for network layout, generation set and system demand evolutions: one from a European perspective and one from a national (Italian) perspective. The former investigates the effect of North African electricity imports on the global European power system (corridor-based approach). The latter, taking account of boundary conditions from the European analysis, performs an in-depth techno-economic investigation of the impact of North-African imports on the Italian grid, highlighting system criticalities in Italy (grid-based approach).

The present chapter aims at evaluating the effects of electricity imports from North Africa on the Italian system at 2030. Particular attention is paid to the impact on the Italian power transmission grid and the potential critical situations in a 2030 scenario, also taking into due account the need to effectively integrate increasing amounts of renewable (non-programmable) generation, mostly located in southern Italy.

The analyses presented in this study are the result of a collaboration between the JRC (Joint Research Centre) of the European Commission and RSE (Ricerca sul Sistema Energetico), which developed, respectively, a pan-European approach and a detailed model of the Italian system.