Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics

, Volume 148, Issue 2, pp 229–273 | Cite as

Assessing the Future of Renewable and Smart Grid Technologies in Regional Energy Systems

  • F. Babonneau
  • A. Haurie
  • G. J. Tarel
  • J. Thénié
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In this paper we present the regional techno-economic model ETEM, designed for the analysis of regional energy/environment systems and we show how it can be used to explore the possible penetration of new technologies in a region corresponding roughly to the canton of Geneva. We investigate three scenarios with different constraints on CO2 emissions and electricity imports and show the essential role played by new technologies, linked through a smart grid, in the effort toward a sustainable energy system. We strengthen our conclusion with a stochastic approach dealing with uncertainty in future electricity prices and electric car technology penetration.


smart-grids renewable energy sources Switzerland Geneva 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Babonneau
    • 1
  • A. Haurie
    • 2
  • G. J. Tarel
    • 3
  • J. Thénié
    • 4
  1. 1.ORDECSYSSwitzerland and Economics and Environmental Management Laboratory — Swiss Federal Institute of Technology at Lausanne (EPFL)Switzerland
  2. 2.ORDECSYS4 Place de l’Etrier Chêne BougeriesSwitzerland
  3. 3.Economics and Environmental Management Laboratory — Swiss Federal Institute of Technology at Lausanne (EPFL)Switzerland
  4. 4.ORDECSYSSwitzerland

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