Power System Economics Lab: European Energy Trading Platform

L. Meeus, K. Purchala, and R. Belmans (Belgium)


Power economics, power engineering and education, energy pricing.


It is crucial that electrical engineering students are exposed to the functioning of the electricity market. This paper discusses a power system economics lab developed for that purpose. In the lab, students are assigned a generation park with plants in different European countries. They compete to supply energy on a web-based trading platform. The lab simulates trading on an organized market that coordinates trade in different European countries, given the offers to supply and demand energy and the available transmission capacities. A market-coupling algorithm is implemented in MATLAB based on the principles of locational marginal pricing. The algorithm can be run through the WWW by means of PHP scripts. The trading platform is useful to test market-coupling algorithms and to confront students with some of the decisions generating companies take in liberalized electricity markets.

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