Reference : How did the German and other European electricity systems react to the COVID-19 pandemic?
Scientific journals : Article
Engineering, computing & technology : Energy
http://hdl.handle.net/10993/45524
How did the German and other European electricity systems react to the COVID-19 pandemic?
English
Halbrügge, Stephanie [> >]
Schott, Paul [> >]
Weibelzahl, Martin [> >]
Buhl, Hans Ulrich [> >]
Fridgen, Gilbert mailto [University of Luxembourg > Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SNT) > FINATRAX]
Schoepf, Michael mailto [University of Luxembourg > Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SNT) > FINATRAX >]
2021
Applied Energy
285
116370
Yes (verified by ORBilu)
0306-2619
[en] Electricity system ; COVID-19 pandemic ; Renewable Energy Sources ; Flexibility ; Grid stability
[en] The first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic led to decreases in electricity demand and a rising share of Renewable Energy Sources in various countries. In Germany, the average proportion of net electricity generation via Renewable Energy Sources rose above 55% in the first half of 2020, as compared to 47% for the same period in 2019. Given these altered circumstances, in this paper we analyze how the German and other European electricity systems behaved during the COVID-19 pandemic. We use data visualization and descriptive statistics to evaluate common figures for electricity systems and markets, comparing developments during the COVID-19 pandemic with those of previous years. Our evaluation reveals noticeable changes in electricity consumption, generation, prices, and imports/exports. However, concerning grid stability and ancillary services, we do not observe any irregularities. Discussing the role of various flexibility options during the COVID-19 pandemic, a relatively higher grid capacity resulting from a decreased electricity consumption, in particular, may have contributed to grid stability.
http://hdl.handle.net/10993/45524
10.1016/j.apenergy.2020.116370
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0306261920317475

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