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Network reinforcement requirements for Scotland and the rest of the UK (RUK) - and possible solutions for this

Barnacle, Malcolm and Ault, Graham (2012) Network reinforcement requirements for Scotland and the rest of the UK (RUK) - and possible solutions for this. Fraser of Allander Economic Commentary, Special E (3). pp. 9-12. ISSN 2046-5378

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Abstract

A novel multi-objective transmission expansion planning (MOTEP) tool has been developed to analyse, on a comprehensive geographical scale, the reinforcements required to a base case electrical transmission network following application of a chosen future energy scenario, and to generate optimal network expansion plans, designed to alleviate these areas of strain, for a range of crucial network planning objectives. Here, we report the application of the MOTEP tool to a base case predicted 2014 GB transmission network (thereby including already planned reinforcements such as the Beauly to Denny line) under heavy strain from three 2020 energy scenarios developed by the two-region UK MARKAL energy system model. Reinforcement requirements for Scotland and the RUK beyond 2014, along with optimal network expansion plan options, are examined.