Portugal as an electricity exporter country: Environmental and economic implications

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Abstract

This paper aims to explore the impacts of transforming Portugal into an electricity exporter country up to 2030 and 2050. The technological bottom-up model TIMES-PT is used to generate a range of electricity export scenarios. Results show that the increase of electricity exports contributes to a decrease of renewable electricity (RES-E). As mature renewable technologies achieve their maximum technical potential, natural gas is largely deployed to allow for increased exports. In the more ambitious export scenarios this can lead to non-compliance with the current national RES-E target in 2030 and also has consequences in terms of increased greenhouse gas emissions. Turning Portugal into a net electricity exporter also affects the average electricity price. Although higher exports result in higher generation costs, in 2050 export levels close to the projected increase of the interconnection capacity can lead to lower electricity prices.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication13th International Conference on the European Energy Market, EEM 2016
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages1-6
Number of pages6
Volume2016-July
ISBN (Electronic)9781509012978
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jul 2016
Event13th International Conference on the European Energy Market, EEM 2016 - Porto, Portugal
Duration: 6 Jun 20169 Jun 2016

Conference

Conference13th International Conference on the European Energy Market, EEM 2016
Country/TerritoryPortugal
CityPorto
Period6/06/169/06/16

Keywords

  • electricity
  • global warming
  • renewable energy sources

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