IEA Energy Papers

ISSN :
2079-2581 (en ligne)
DOI :
10.1787/20792581
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The International Energy Agency (IEA) advises its 28 member countries on sound energy policy, which seeks to balance energy security, economic growth and environmental concerns. The IEA Energy Papers offer in-depth investigation of energy topics, and explore emerging issues and challenges in the energy sector. These papers will be of much interest to energy experts, policy makers, industry and the general public.
 

The Impact of Wind Power on European Natural Gas Markets You or your institution have access to this content

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Auteur(s):
Irene Vos1
Author Affiliations
  • 1: Agence Internationale de l'Energie, France

Date de publication
13 jan 2012
Bibliographic information
No:
2012/01
Pages
54
DOI
10.1787/5k9h0wcvd2bs-en

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Due to its clean burning properties, low investment costs and flexibility in production, natural gas is often put forward as the ideal partner fuel for wind power and other renewable sources of electricity generation with strongly variable output. This working paper examines three vital questions associated with this premise: 1) Is natural gas indeed the best partner fuel for wind power? 2) If so, to what extent will an increasing market share of wind power in European electricity generation affect demand for natural gas in the power sector? and 3) Considering the existing European natural gas markets, is natural gas capable of fulfilling this role of partner for renewable sources of electricity?