Electricity market design
Underpinning the functioning of power systems is electricity market design. Recognising that each country circumstance is unique, the IEA works to identify appropriate electricity market models that support the development of secure, sustainable, and affordable power systems. Much of the IEA’s current work focuses on developing markets fit to support the transition to systems dominated by low-carbon sources of electricity.
Re-powering Markets: Market design and regulation during the transition to low-carbon power systems
Published: 18 February 2016
"Re-powering" refers to the process of replacing older power stations with ones that are more efficient and more powerful, but the term also lends itself to market design. To facilitate the transition to a low-carbon economy, electricity markets will need to be "re-powered": older market frameworks must be replaced with ones suitable for decarbonisation while ensuring a secure electricity supply. Market rules need to be modernised and better matched with lowcarbon policies while keeping the same overall market architecture.
Re-powering electricity markets can be done in several ways, depending on the existing market design or regulatory framework. Changes can be as limited as increasing the temporal or geographical resolution of existing markets or putting a price on scarcity, or as extensive as creating short-term markets and incorporating policies to increase renewables and reduce carbon emissions as part of a consistent market framework.
Re-Powering Markets brings together today’s best practices in new electricity market design and details the most effective and efficient ways for re-powering electricity markets to address the 21st century challenges of transitioning to low-carbon electricity.
Our work on Electricity
In May 2015, the Group of Seven (G7) Energy Ministers asked the IEA to help determine the best means of improving electricity security, including through increasing system flexibility
Electricity Market Design
Improving the design of electricity markets is critical to developing sustainable, secure, and affordable power systems
Electricity Technology Collaboration Programmes
IEA Technology Collaboration Programmes (TCPs) are unique research partnerships that underpin IEA efforts to support innovation for energy security, economic growth and environmental protection
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Market design and regulation during the transition to low-carbon power systems
Electricity Security Across Borders
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Projected Costs of Generating Electricity
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Events & workshops
Energy Statistics Course March 2018
Identifying Technology Innovation Needs and Opportunities Under Mission Innovation Challenge n°2: Off-grid Access to Electricity
OECD Conference Centre, 2 rue André Pascal, 75016 Paris, France