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Connecting Visions of a Future Renewable Energy Grid

  • Marloes Dignum
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Energy book series (LNEN, volume 61)

Abstract

Our fossil fuel energy system is in transition towards a renewable energy infrastructure. This implies that it is changing fundamentally into a new system with other institutional arrangements, infrastructures, habits, and routines. This chapter focuses on the institutional and infrastructure developments related to this transition. The Third Energy Package aimed to create one single EU electricity market. This implies that the level of high voltage lanes and the level of solar panels on the roofs of homes are parts of a single future EU electricity market. This chapter assesses how these different levels develop and whether and how synergy is created. To do so, this chapter analyses the visions of a future renewable electricity system and maps those against actual developments. It concludes that renewable energy developments on the different levels are rapidly ongoing without reflectivity regarding the consequences of design choices on the long-term. Short-term policy ambitions guide these developments. Embedding in a wider and coherent vision could facilitate more deliberate action. Distributed and centralized aspects of the electricity system need integration. The short-term developments do not necessarily result in the best system on the long-term. The guidance and reflection of a vision can help to identify relevant actors, coordination issues, and help to deliver a more robust renewable future energy system.

Keywords

Visions Distributed energy Centralized energy Renewable energy 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The author would like to thank Rick Bosman and Daniel Scholten for their comments on an earlier version of this paper. This publication is funded by the Dutch Organisation of Scientific research (NWO) [Grantnumber: 408-13-029].

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Delft University of TechnologyDelftNetherlands

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