Keywords: energy planning, optimisation, nuclear power, Russia
Development of regional capacity expansion plan in Russia (application of the WASP model)
The Wien Automatic System Planning Package (WASP) is used for the development of an optimal capacity expansion plan in Russia. The object of the WASP study is the Central power pool, which is the largest power pool in Russia and has an essential share of nuclear power in electricity generation. The object of the study is to assess the long-term competitiveness of nuclear power in the region. A regional optimal capacity expansion plan developed with WASP shows that nuclear power can retain its role as one of the major electricity generation sources in the region. The most important factor with a positive effect upon the competitiveness of nuclear power plants is the projected escalation of the prices of fossil fuels.