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 aim of the energy discussion at G-STIC 2018 will be to bring closer together two worlds. The world of the central energy infrastructures and national energy planning on one side, and the local energy intiatives on the other side. This is essential to provide a stable basis for large-scale long-term investments in integrated solutions. With the energy-related discussions at G-STIC 2018, we want to:

  • discuss new  opportunities and gaps of new tools for central and local energy planning and scenarios,
  • explore specific examples of affordable integrated technologies & services, going beyond the basic energy needs and connecting services as energy, water, health, waste, and to find out how they are included in the planning approaches,
  • analyse the impact of  decision tools on the decision-making process of national and local governments, investors, large and small energy players.


Why join this thematic cluster?

Linking energy planning policies to real-life needs

Showing proven and emerging technologies

Delivering insights into international energy planning policies

Demonstrating real-life results and case studies

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

  • New developments in global, national and local energy analysis/planning/decision tools (09:30 - 10:40)
  • Going beyond the basics - examples of innovative integrated technologies and services for local energy communities (11:00 - 12:30)
  • IRENA moderated session in the framework of the Clean Energy Ministerial – Increasing the impact of national energy plans (13:30 - 15:15)
  • Local energy communities: how to create impact on the field? (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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