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
- 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
- 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.