EBF 483
Introduction to Electricity Markets

8.4 LMP on a Three Node Network, Constant Marginal Cost

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Now that you've seen the basic idea of LMP calculations, we'll move on to the three node network. This will be more complicated because we'll need to use our power flow adjustment calculations as we did in a previous lesson. We will go through a couple of different versions - one with constant marginal costs and one with linear marginal costs.

Our example with constant marginal costs is based on the three node network in the figure below. The marginal cost of Generator A is $5/MWh and the marginal cost of Generator B is $2/MWh. In this example we will impose some capacity constraints on the generators - Generator A can produce at most 10 MW and Generator B can produce at most 7 MW. Demand at Node C is 10 MWh.

A three node network with marginal costs and 10 MW of demand at node C.
Figure 8.6: A three node Network
Source: Seth Blumsack

First, we will clear the market and calculate flows without imposing any limits on the transmission lines. The market-clearing solution is for Generator B to produce 7 MWh and Generator A to produce 3 MWh. The SMP is $5/MWh. Flows in the network are calculated as:

F BC = 1 3 G A + 2 3 G B =5 2 3 MW F AC = 2 3 G A + 1 3 G B =4 1 3 MW F AB = 1 3 G A - 1 3 G B =- 4 3 MW

Since there is no transmission congestion in the network, we have that the LMPs are all identical and equal to $5/MWh.

Now we will impose congestion on the system by assuming that the maximum possible flow on Line (B,C) is 5 2/3 MW (which was our flow solution above). We will also assume that demand increases to 11 MWh, so we need to redispatch the generators to avoid overloading Line (B,C). We calculate the redispatch as follows, using the same technique as in Lesson 4:

ΔF BC = 1 3 ΔG A + 2 3 ΔG B =0

                    = 1 3 ΔG A + 2 3 ( 1-ΔG A )=0

        - 1 3 ΔG A + 2 3 =0

                                     ΔG A =+2MWh,  ΔG B =-1MWh

We now have GA = 5 MWh and GB = 6 MWh. Since marginal costs are constant, we have:

LMP(A) = $5/MWh; LMP(B) = $2/MWh

LMP(C) = 2 × $5 + (-1 × $2) = $8/MWh

The LMPs at the generator nodes (A and B) are equal to the generator marginal costs. The LMP at Node C reflects the costs of the actions needed to deliver an additional MWh to Node C (increasing generator A by 2 MWh, which imposes a cost of $5/MWh; and reducing output at generator B by 1 MWh, which saves $2/MWh).