PHD Defence by Leire Gorroño-Albizu
Ownership models for renewable smart energy systems
18.06.2021 kl. 12.00 - 16.00
In the context of the climate crisis and the Paris Agreement, the EU has set the target of reducing its carbon emissions by 55% compared to 1990 levels by 2030 and reaching carbon neutrality by 2050. The transformation of the energy system through the substitution of fossil fuels with energy demand reductions, variable renewable energy and other low-carbon fuels and technologies will be crucial to meeting those goals. However, the positive and negative consequences of different socio-technical paths are still not fully understood, and in particular, more knowledge is needed regarding the potential socio-political, market and local acceptance of these paths, as this is essential for a timely energy transition. This study contributes to this understanding by analysing which ownership characteristics and models could best promote (a) the implementation of onshore wind farms and district heating systems in renewable smart energy systems and (b) the reduction of the related energy costs and prices. The study is based on the collection and analysis of Danish and Swedish experiences.
The results of the study indicate that local and inclusive citizen ownership models (such as utilities owned by local municipal companies or local consumer cooperatives) could be particularly advantageous to promote the implementation of onshore wind farms and district heating systems in renewable smart energy systems – even under current market conditions and project sizes.
Professor Miranda Schreurs |Technical University of Munich, Germany
Associate Professor Thomas Budde Christensen | RUC, Denmark
Associate Professor Helle Nedergaard Nielsen (Chair) | Department of Planning, AAU, DK
Main supervisor Professor Frede Hvelplund | Department of Planning, AAU, DK
Co-supervisor Associate Professor Karl Sperling | Department of Planning, AAU, DK
Associate Professor Steffen Nielsen | Department of Planning, AAU, Denmark
Department of Planning
Online via Zoom
15.06.2021 kl. 16.00