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Title: Success factors and barriers for 100% renewable energy regions
Authors : Spiess, Harry
Carabias-Hütter, Vicente
Sanchez, Diego
Zolliker, Michael
Proceedings: Proceedings of the International Conference ‘Smart Energy Regions’ : Cardiff, UK, 11th and 12th February 2016
Pages : 70
Pages to: 83
Conference details: International Conference ‘Smart Energy Regions’, Cardiff, Wales, February 11–12, 2016
Editors of the parent work: Patterson, Jo
Varriale, Fabrizio
Publisher / Ed. Institution : The Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Cardiff
Issue Date: 2016
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Type of review: Not specified
Language : English
Subjects : Barrier; Renewable energy region; Success factor
Subject (DDC) : 333.7: Land, recreational areas and energy
Abstract: During the last decade so-called energy-regions have been established all across Europe (cf. for instance Lund, 2007 and Krajacic et al., 2011). The over-all goal of such projects is to restructure the energy supply system in order to make a transition to renewable energies and to increase energy efficiency (Muller 2014). The motivation and intentions of the initiators extend beyond the environmental aspects as much as they vary due to geographical location and diverging demographical and ecological preconditions. The aim of the presented study is on the one hand to verify the expectations held by initiators of these energy-regions, and on the other hand to examine the transferability of success factors. Therefore,interviews with experts were conducted to explore the individual understanding of a “100% renewable” or “self-sufficient” energy-region. Furthermore, an analysis on barriers and drivers which emerge during the implementation process was made. As it turned out, conceptions and processes of energy-regions differ widely in certain aspects. For instance, the constituents traffic or embodied energy might be neglected, thus not playing a part in the regional definition of the fully renewable concept. Nonetheless, similarities have also been identified such as intense persuading of different players and difficulties with environmental authorities acting as barriers for most energy-region projects. The study is based on the analysis and the profile of four energy-regions in Switzerland: Toggenburg, Goms, Knonauer Amt and Zimmerberg. Tischler et al. (2006) introduce a suitable guideline to study and compare different energy regions. Within this framework each community or city reaches the four development stages towards an energy region (Preparation –Development –Implementation –Evaluation) at a different pace. In conclusion, it can be said that the success of energy-regions crucially depends on the perseverance, conviction and engagement of its initiators and promoters.
Departement: School of Engineering
Organisational Unit: Institute of Sustainable Development (INE)
Publication type: Conference Paper
DOI : 10.21256/zhaw-4242
ISBN: 978-1-899895-23-6
Published as part of the ZHAW project : Towards Smart Energy Regions: Exploring Future Energy-Systems at Regional Level
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