Use of the CASCADE agent-based model to examine the UK energy system with climate reanalysis data

Jake Gristey


UK electrical demand is met by various sources of generation, with an increasing integration of renewable energy in recent years. By modelling the UK electricity network from 2005-2012 for a two region scenario (Scotland and Northern Ireland, and England and Wales) using climatic reanalysis data, patterns in the UK energy mix have been examined in detail. It is found that past electrical demand could have been met by a large variation of different generation types, achieved by altering the capacity factors of power plants. This includes a 33% reduction in the use of natural gas in 2009.

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