In EWPC there are 8 possible End-State (UK was developed on 4), only one of which is the generic market model paradigm: retail competition with active demand (UK had no active demand) and ultraquality transportation (UK has separate transmission and distribution and no ultraquality identified). That is the essence."
EWPC is NOT the UK Model
By José Antonio Vanderhorst-Silverio, Ph.D.
Systemic Consultant: Electricity
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Adrian: thanks for your comments. I hope you get to see this very brief response that goes right to the essence.
If you didn't have the time to read the "Synthesis Proposal Agreement of EWPC," you will see that EWPC it is NOT the UK model, but a new market architecture and design breakthrough paradigm that emerged in the last two years. This is the summary of my discovery as simple, but not simpler, as it can be said:
There are "8 possible End-State (UK was developed on 4), only one of which is the generic market model paradigm: retail competition with active demand (UK had no active demand) and ultraquality transportation (UK has separate transmission and distribution and no ultraquality identified). That is the essence."
Ultraquality transportation is the key requirement to develop A Futures Market under EWPC (hit link please), which the UK model lacks. That is why the UK model, as you say “has failed to deliver adequate investment in new generation…” It has also failed to deliver “demand side participation,” because it only considered the 4 possible End-States at the outset.
Please don’t confuse EWPC with the UK model. EWPC is an extension of Fred Schweppe et al Spot Pricing of Electricity. Under EWPC, system reliability is first and foremost. Instead of first generation (and incumbent) retailers, as the UK has, EWPC has Second Generation Retailer - 2GR (no incumbents) that participate in long run power system planning to integrate demand.
The important example of the Dominican Republic is not that of the vegetables, which we certainly have. I have tried hard, as Len can attest, to have Dominican like electric retailers. The example is that of customer differentiation, giving the opportunity to integrate demand and to practice true spot pricing of electricity. The opportunity is to integrate demand into power system planning, operation and control. It is about the opportunities available on demand side risk management.
In Free Market and Central Planning, Under R1E2, I wrote of the discovery that “To optimize the transportation system, it is required to consider total social (demand, transport, supply) welfare needs, and not just the optimization of transmission, distribution, or both, by themselves.” I used to say that electricity was not a commodity (I did in 1995 at an IEEE meeting). But once you have ultraquality transportation in the least cost controlled grid, electricity becomes the best commodity in an open market.