Economics of Energy
Fundamental knowledge about electricity as a commodity, its economic value and market position. Insight in the operation of today's electricity markets. Understanding of energy sources scarcity and relation between economic development and energy consumption.
- explain historical and actual occurrences and cause-effect relationships in the world energy market
- distinguish between different electricity market participants, their strategic goals and rationale for decision making in market conditions
- estimate risks and applicability of different mechanisms for reducing risks related to participation in electricity market
- demonstrate the impacts of physical characteristics of electricity on the market
- compare different investment options in the power system according to their cost – effectiveness in market conditions
- choose adequate market strategy according to the type of market participant
Forms of Teaching
Lectures are performed every week except in weeks when exams take place. Weekly lecture load is 3 hours. Use of electronic student response system.Exams
There are two examinations during the lectures.Exercises
Calculations are integral part of lectures.Consultations
Lecturers are available for consultations any time upon agreement, via e-mail or in person.Structural Exercises
Students analyse the selected case of participating in the market by using software RETSCreen and CrystalBall. Profitability of investments is being calculated and associated risks evaluated.
|Type||Threshold||Percent of Grade||Threshold||Percent of Grade|
|Homeworks||50 %||15 %||50 %||15 %|
|Class participation||50 %||9 %||50 %||9 %|
|Mid Term Exam: Written||50 %||30 %||50 %|
|Final Exam: Written||50 %||30 %|
|Final Exam: Oral||16 %|
|Exam: Written||50 %||60 %|
|Exam: Oral||16 %|
Week by Week Schedule
- Introduction to the energy economics Theory of scarcity, efficiency and sustainable development Relation between energy and economic development
- Overview of energy situation in the world (production and consumption of primary energy sources, main trends in world market, future challenges)
- Liberalization of electricity market
- Market basics and theory of the firm
- Market risks, types of markets and contracts
- Organisation of electricty market
- Electricity market participants
- System security and ancillary services I.
- System security and ancillary services II.
- Transmission network and system constraints' influence on electricity prices I.
- Transmission network and system constraints' influence on electricity prices II.
- Investing in electricity generation
- Investing in transmission
- Energy strategies in market conditions
- Examples from the practice