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Hannes Weigt

Assistenzprofessor für Energieökonomik
Forschungsstelle für Nachhaltige Energie- und Wasserversorgung (FoNEW)
WWZ, Universität Basel
Peter Merian-Weg 6, CH-4002 Basel

Tel. +41 (0)61 267 3259 / Fax +41 (0)61 267 0496



Latest Papers:

The Future of Swiss Hydropower - A Review on Drivers and Uncertainties
FoNEW Discussion Paper 2015/01,
by Michael Barry et al., available here
Abstract: Swiss Hydropower (HP) is currently facing a wide range of challenges that have initiated a debate about future prospects and its role within the envisioned energy transition. Building on this debate, this paper provides an overview of the status and prospects of Swiss HP by identifying and evaluating the different drivers and uncertainties that Swiss HP faces. Based on a review and the perceptions held by some of the main Swiss HP stakeholders the two main topics that need to be addressed are the market driven impacts and the political, legal and social aspects. While the market dynamics cannot directly be influenced by Swiss companies or authorities, the regulatory framework can and needs to be adjusted. However, this requires a comprehensive stakeholder process and is at least a medium-term process.

Linking Europe - The Role of the Swiss Electricity Transmission Grid until 2050
FoNEW Discussion Paper 2014/03,
with Ingmar Schlecht, available here
Abstract: The aim of this paper is to evaluate the role of the Swiss electricity transmission system and the planned network extensions in the context of Central European electricity market developments and thereby the Swiss and European energy transitions. In addition, we conduct a sensitivity analysis of delayed grid investments for Swiss and European network projects, respectively. By deriving a quantification of potential costs and system stability impacts due to delayed network investments, we can identify whether the currently observed lag in many energy investments poses a threat to achieving the envisioned energy transitions.

Investments in a Combined Energy Network Model: Substitution between Natural Gas and Electricity?
FoNEW Discussion Paper 2014/02, with Jan Abrell, available here
Abstract: Natural gas plays an important role in the future development of electricity markets as it is the least emission intensive fossil generation option while additionally providing the needed flexibility in plant operation to deal with intermittent renewable generation. As both the electricity and the natural gas market rely on networks, congestion on one market may lead to changes on another. In addition, investments in one market have an impact in the other and may even become substitutes for one another. The objective of this paper is to develop a dynamic model representation of coupled natural gas and electricity network markets to test the potential interaction with respect to investments. The model is tested under simplified conditions as well as for a stylized European network setting. The results indicate that there is a potential for investment-substitution and significant market interactions that warrants the application of coupled models especially with regard to simulations of long term system developments.


Last Update: 08.07.2010 | ©2009 Hannes Weigt