Combining central and local energy planning for energy positive communities

Focus of thematic cluster

A clear outcome of G‐STIC 2017 is that to achieve the energy‐related SDGs, demand‐driven, energy positive community approaches are as important as, if not more important than, supply‐driven centralised systems. Hence a paradigm shift is needed to ensure that

  1. local, regional, national  and international energy planning, provision, etc. give at least the same amount of attention to energy positive community approaches compared to centralised energy systems, and that 
  2. the technologies used to deliver energy to end users reflects both a decentralised, bottom‐up as well as a centralised, top‐down approach.

Decentralised solutions as such do not present themselves as an alternative to a centralised grid, but rather as integrated or synergistic options with a central grid. This demands a balanced approach to energy planning and a number of technology innovations for the integration of centralised and decentralised solutions, such as advanced hybrid management systems and flexible power electronics.

The focus of G-STIC 2018 will be on the energy system and scenario planning tools. If applied correctly and effectively, they can provide the basis that is required for large-scale long-term investments in integrated technologies. With the energy-related discussions at G-STIC 2018, we want to

  • discuss current status and gaps of new tools for central and local energy planning and scenarios,
  • explore how affordable integrated technologies & energy services, going beyond the basic energy needs and the energy/water/food nexus, are included in these planning approaches,
  • analyse the impact of these tools on the decision-making process of national and local governments, investors, large and small energy players.

Programme outline

The High-level Dialogue on Policy Actions on Wednesday November 28 (15:15 - 16:45) will reflect on the G-STIC 2017 conclusions. It will also look into the big challenges to merge global and local energy planning and to facilitate technology innovation in energy positive communities. 

On Thursday November 29, individual thematic sessions will focus on

  • achieving impact by combining global and local energy planning tools (11:00 - 12:30)
  • planning energy positive solutions - going beyond the basics (13:30 - 15:15)
  • incorporating local & bottom-up elements in the energy planning (16:00 - 17:45)

Potential impact on SDGs

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Energy positive communities operate on a local, modular structured, sustainable energy system that generates and delivers renewable energy to cover the living and comfort needs of local communities. The positive impact of such demand‐driven energy systems on local communities goes beyond the delivery of energy services and providing universal access to modern, affordable, reliable and sustainable energy (SDG 7).

Access to modern energy improves the availability of water and sanitation for local communities (SDG 6). Also, by advancing employment in local communities, it helps promote sustainable economic growth (SDG 8) and industrialisation (SDG 9). Increasing the share of local renewable energy sources will also contribute to combat climate change and its impacts (SDG 13).

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