Efficient and Reliable Reactive Power Supply and Consumption - Insights from an Integrated Program of Engineering and Economics Research

Efficient and Reliable Reactive Power Supply and Consumption - Insights from an Integrated Program of Engineering and Economics Research

TitleEfficient and Reliable Reactive Power Supply and Consumption - Insights from an Integrated Program of Engineering and Economics Research
Publication TypeMagazine Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsRobert J Thomas, Timothy D Mount, Richard Schuler, William Schulze, Ray Zimmerman, Fernando L Alvarado, Bernard C Lesieutre, Philip N Overholt, Joseph H Eto
MagazineThe Electricity Journal
Volume21
Issue Number1
Pagination70–81
Date Published01/2008
KeywordsMarket mechanisms, reliability management, RM12-002
Abstract

In 2005, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) began discussing regulatory policy for reactive-power procurement and pricing in competitive electricity markets. This paper summarizes findings from a unique, interdisciplinary program of public-interest research that lays a formal foundation for evaluating aspects of FERC staff recommendations and offers early insights that should be useful in guiding policy implementation, specifically by:

  • clarifying the consumers and economic characteristics of reactive power as a basis for creating incentives to appropriately price it,
  • defining specific challenges in creating a competitive market for reactive power as well as new tools needed to help ensure such a market functions efficiently, and
  • demonstrating the importance of accounting for the physical characteristics of the transmission network in planning for reactive power and avoiding the exercise of market power by suppliers.
Notes

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DOI10.1016/j.tej.2007.12.002
LBNL Report Number

LBNL-63782

Refereed DesignationNon-Refereed