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How did the German and other European electricity systems react to the COVID-19 pandemic?

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Halbrügge, Stephanie ; Schott, Paul ; Weibelzahl, Martin ; Buhl, Hans Ulrich ; Fridgen, Gilbert:
How did the German and other European electricity systems react to the COVID-19 pandemic?
In: Applied Energy. Vol. 285 (March 2021) . - No. 116370.
ISSN 1872-9118
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apenergy.2020.116370

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The first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic led to decreases in electricity demand and a rising share of renewable energy sources in various countries. In Germany, the average proportion of net electricity generation via renewable energy sources rose above 55% in the first half of 2020, as compared to 47% for the same period
in 2019. Given these altered circumstances, in this paper we analyze how the German and other European electricity systems behaved during the COVID-19 pandemic. We use data visualization and descriptive statistics to evaluate common figures for electricity systems and markets, comparing developments during the COVID-19 pandemic with those of previous years. Our evaluation reveals noticeable changes in electricity consumption, generation, prices, and imports/exports. However, concerning grid stability and ancillary services, we do not observe any irregularities. Discussing the role of various exibility options during the COVID-19 pandemic, a relatively higher grid capacity resulting from a decreased electricity consumption, in particular, may have contributed to grid stability.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Electricity System; COVID-19 pandemic; Renewable Energy Sources; Flexibility; Grid Stability
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration > Former Professors > Professor Information Systems and Sustainable IT Management - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Gilbert Fridgen
Profile Fields > Emerging Fields > Innovation and Consumer Protection
Research Institutions
Research Institutions > Affiliated Institutes
Research Institutions > Affiliated Institutes > Fraunhofer Project Group Business and Information Systems Engineering
Research Institutions > Affiliated Institutes > FIM Research Center Finance & Information Management
Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration > Former Professors
Profile Fields
Profile Fields > Emerging Fields
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 000 Computer Science, information, general works > 004 Computer science
300 Social sciences > 330 Economics
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2020 09:56
Last Modified: 21 May 2021 06:58
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/61203