autumn 2020
ELE-3602 Power System Operation and Control - 5 ECTS

Last changed 22.10.2020

Type of course

Theoretical subject. The course cannot be taken as a single course.

Admission requirements

A relevant undergraduate bachelor Engineering programme with minimum 30 credits mathematics/statistics topics

Suggested prerequisites: General knowledge of energy systems and stationary and dynamic properties of the power system. Basic skills in financial and technical-economic planning.

Course content

  • European main grid power system is built up.
  • Regulators, transmission system operators and power exchange.
  • Roles and responsibilities of the different actors.
  • Guidelines from ACER/CEER and ENTSO-E
  • From Nordic grid code to network codes.
  • Different sources for power production and their system properties.
  • Balancing of power systems in generally.
  • Different markets and balancing in the planning phase.
  • Different markets and balancing in the operating phase.
  • Capacity allocation and congestion management. Consequences.
  • Wholesale, Retail and Financial market.
  • Auxiliary services.
  • Aggregation of reserves.

Objectives of the course

After completed course the candidate should have the following learning outcome:

Knowledge about:

  • Organization of the European electric power system.
  • Interaction between production, grid and market.
  • Regulation of the electric power system based on market mechanism. 


  • Bid to power exchange from a power companies available resources.
  • Create production plans from the power exchange prices.Balancing their own commitments by deviations from plans.
  • Calculate reserves and bid the reserve marketsManage congestion through area pricing and countertrade.
  • Could explain area pricing and countertrade - different incentives for investments.
  • Could explain the socio-economic consequences of major capacity constraints,with winners and losers.

General competence:

  • The candidate will have competence to operate a power company with different types of sources for power production, conventional and renewable. 
  • The candidate will be able to operate the main grid and see both of these two separate different businesses in a markets- and monopoly perspective. 
  • The candidate should be able to see the need for market development as an incentive for the efficiency improvement of the power system.

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

40 case-based lectures and 40 hours exercise work.


Mandatory tasks: Mandatory exercise.

Assessment: 3 hours written exam.

Grading scale is from A (highest) to F (lowest), with E as the minimum pass grade.

Re-sit exam: A re-sit exam will be arranged for this course. Subject to general rules.


Course overlap

STE6287 Power System Operation and Control 5 stp
  • About the course
  • Campus: Narvik |
  • ECTS: 5
  • Course code: ELE-3602