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EEK201 - Power market management
Syllabus adopted 2014-02-14 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPEPO
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Electrical Engineering

Teaching language: English
Open for exchange students
Block schedule: B

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0108 Examination 7,5 c Grading: TH   7,5 c   16 Jan 2015 pm H,  16 Apr 2015 pm M,  28 Aug 2015 am M

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Univ lektor  Tuan Le Anh


EEK200   Operation of restructured power systems

Course evaluation:


In order to be eligible for a second cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme that owns the course. (If the second cycle course is owned by a first cycle programme, second cycle entry requirements apply.)
Exemption from the eligibility requirement: Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling these requirements.

Course specific prerequisites

ENM065 Power system operation, or equivalent.


This course will provide students with solid knowledge on fundamentals of management of deregulated electricity market in the changing paradigms (deregulation), which is taking place all over the world today. The course focuses on economic operation planning practices in electric power system, electricity market structures and settlement models, roles of the independent system operator in different market structures, models of different market players (e.g., generation company, retailer), transmission congestion management and ancillary services, investment decisions in the market environment, and system reliability aspect. One of the unique features of the course is that the course gives a well-balanced mix between the technical details of the power system with economic aspects of the power market. The students will have the opportunity to simulate and understand power system operations and market dynamics through computer-based projects and a real-life electricity market simulation game.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

- Formulate and implement different economic operation models in the deregulated market environment using optimization modeling software.
- Demonstrate the understanding of fundamentals of market operation issues, such as market settlement, congestion management, net transfer capacity calculation, ancillary services.
- Understand the objectives, behaviors and roles of different market players
- Demonstrate the understanding of the investment planning issues in generation and transmission in deregulated environment.
- Gather information, data, methods, etc., on a specific topic within the course, write a standard technical paper (IEEE format) based on information collected, and make a good presentation of the paper.
- Collaborate to work in team for the computer project and term-paper.


The course will cover the following topics:
- Economic operation planning: Course introduction; Economic load dispatch (ELD), Unit Commitment (UC), Hydro-Thermal Scheduling, and Optimal Power Flow (OPF).
- Fundamentals of electricity markets and energy auctions: Background to deregulation and markets, supply and demand functions, equilibrium, models of electricity markets, example on modeling of Nordic electricity market, roles of independent system operators, market operators.
- Models of market players: Objectives and mathematical models of a competitive generation company and a retailer.
- Transmission congestion management and ancillary services: Congestion management methods- market splitting, counter-trading; Effect of network congestion on market outcomes; Methods for evaluation of Net Transfer Capacity: Steady state and dynamics; Frequency regulation, Reactive power ancillary services; Nordic regulating power market;
- Investment in generation: Generation reserve requirement; Responsibility for investment; Rate-of-return based investment decision in generation; Approaches to maintain service reliability in electricity markets (market-driven, capacity payment, reliability contracts).
- Investment in transmission: Needs for transmission capacity expansion; Value-based transmission planning approach.


The course is organized in about 17 lectures, 12 tutorials, 1 computer-based project, 1 term-paper and 1 power market game. In the project, students will develop optimization program to simulate a competitive electricity market. In the market game, students will have the opportunity to join in a real-life market place and play different market roles. Students will also write a term-paper for the topic of their choice.


Course compendium and handouts. The compendium entitled "Power Market Management" is available at Distribution Centre (DC). Additional materials will be given in the classes or made available on the course web-page.

Reference books:
[1] D.S. Kirschen, G. Strbac, "Fundamentals of Power System Economics", John Wiley and Sons, 2004.
[2] K. Bhattacharya, M.H.J. Bollen and J.E. Daalder, "Operation of Restructured Power Systems", Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2001.
[3] M. Shahidehpour, H. Yamin, Z. Li, "Market Operations in Electric Power Systems", John Wiley and Sons, 2002.
[4] A.J. Wood and B.F. Wollenberg, "Power Generation, Operation, and Control", John Wiley & Sons, 2nd Ed., 1996.



The examination is based on the project report, term-paper and a traditional close-book written exam. Only Chalmers approved calculators are allowed to be used during the exam. The distribution of the final grade will be: i) project (15%), ii) term-paper (15%) and ii) exam (70%). You will have to pass all these components in order to pass the course. The final course grade will be 5, 4, 3 and U (fail).

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