Optimization of energy planning strategies in municipalities: Are community energy profiles the key to a higher implementation rate of renewable energies?

Jens-Phillip Petersen

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Abstract

The paper evaluates the current status of community energy planning in northern Europe via a review of literature, practice and the performance of a barrier analysis for successful community energy planning. Main findings of the paper are that current community energy planning lacks a systematic approach, suffers from insufficient information, tools and resources. Municipalities are often unable to take on a steering role in community energy planning. To overcome these barriers and guide municipalities in the pre-project phase, a decision-support methodology, based on community energy profiles (CEP), is presented. The methodology was applied in a case study in Germany. With CEPs, a possibility to merge qualitative data from local settings into generic energy modelling is shown, which could contribute to improved community energy strategies.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2016
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventInternational Conference on Sustainable Built Environment 2016 - Hamburg, Germany
Duration: 8 Mar 201611 Mar 2016

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Sustainable Built Environment 2016
CountryGermany
CityHamburg
Period08/03/201611/03/2016

Keywords

  • Community energy planning
  • Infrastructure and energy concepts
  • Implementation of renewable energies
  • Community energy profiles

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