October 2020 – With support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Bureau for Europe and Eurasia, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) has developed the following two primers:
National regulatory authorities (NRAs) from the regions of Europe and Eurasia are responsible for monitoring, reviewing, and approving network investment plans (and in most cases long-term network development plans) for the electricity market, and are directly involved in promoting the development of well-functioning electricity markets and the regional integration of national markets.
In this context, these primers were developed to help regulators better understand the benefits and challenges of market coupling and extend their knowledge of tools commonly used by transmission system operators (TSOs) and other relevant stakeholders to evaluate market scenarios and perform a wide range of analyses.
This document focuses on the use of load flow studies for transmission planning, on the one hand, and the evaluation of changes to market design, including in particular market coupling or other means of regional integration, on the other. It includes the following content:
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