Ukraine Variable Renewable Energy Grid Integration Analysis

Ukraine Variable Renewable Energy Grid Integration Analysis

Client: The World Bank

Finishing date: September 2020 (January 2021)

Type: Study (Market, Generation, Renewable)

Team: Dusan Vlaisavljevic – Project Leader, N. Jovic – Consultant, I. Mihajlovic-Vlaisavljevic, O. Vukovic

The main objective of the Study was to assess technical and economic impacts of increasing variable renewable energy (VRE: wind and solar) integration in the power system of Ukraine. The activity examined the capability of the power system of Ukraine to manage the variability of renewable energy sources from perspective of power system flexibility and generation dispatch, balancing reserve provision and balancing energy activations. Three target years were analyzed – 2022, 2025 and 2030.

For various VRE development scenarios, the following indicators were quantified:

  • balancing reserve requirements,
  • power generation dispatch,
  • VRE curtailment amount,
  • implications on wholesale price and overall cost of electricity,
  • country production mix and levels of CO2 emissions.

The battery storage as an option to enhance VRE grid integration levels was analysed in detail.

Type of services provided:

  • Development of the power system model of Ukraine in PLEXOS for 2022, 2025 and 2030
  • Implementation of the Monte Carlo simulations for different climatic, hydrological and thermal availability conditions
  • Analysis of VRE integration impact on power generation dispatch, VRE curtailment, production mix and CO2 emissions in Ukraine
  • Analysis of VRE integration impact on wholesale market prices in Ukraine
  • Impact assessment of VRE integration on power system balancing and related costs in Ukraine
  • Techno economic analysis of battery storage as an option that could facilitate higher VRE integration