Adequacy of power capacity during winter peaks in Finland

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Due to ambitious national and EU level climate targets, wind power capacity in Finland has grown rapidly, while a significant amount of thermal capacity has been decommissioned or mothballed. Moreover, Finland is growing more dependent on electricity imports and the current electricity prices do not encourage market-based investments in power capacity. Hence, the issue of power capacity adequacy during winter peaks has been present in the political discourse in Finland, especially since the record-high demand peak in January 7th 2016. We analyse the Finnish power system by simulating different stress factors and their combinations, e.g. faults in the largest power plants and transmission lines, in a period such as January 7th 2016 using EnergyPLAN simulation tool. The results show that, despite the record-high demand, the Finnish power system currently has both technical capacity and adequate measures of intervention to cope with severe stress factors in the simulated period.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2017 14th International Conference on the European Energy Market, EEM 2017
ISBN (Electronic)9781509054992
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jul 2017
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Conference on the European Energy Market - Dresden, Germany
Duration: 6 Jun 20179 Jun 2017
Conference number: 14

Publication series

NameInternational Conference on the European Energy Market
ISSN (Print)2165-4077
ISSN (Electronic)2165-4093


ConferenceInternational Conference on the European Energy Market
Abbreviated titleEEM


  • Capacity adequacy
  • Energy security
  • Energy system modelling


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