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Designing Tools for Energy System Scenario Making in Municipal Energy Planning

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Department of Planning, Aalborg University, Rendsburggade 14, 9000 Aalborg, Denmark
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Department of Planning, Aalborg University, A.C. Meyers Vænge 15, 2450 København, Denmark
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Academic Editor: Emilio Gomez-Lazaro
Energies 2021, 14(5), 1442; https://doi.org/10.3390/en14051442
Received: 15 February 2021 / Revised: 26 February 2021 / Accepted: 2 March 2021 / Published: 6 March 2021
(This article belongs to the Section B: Energy and Environment)
Energy planning increasingly revolves around the use of tools for energy system modelling and analysis with a view to generating scenarios to show implications and possibilities for decision makers. Municipalities engage in the transition to renewable energy systems through the formulation of strategies and goals at a local level despite often lacking appropriate tools and resources to conduct the needed complex analyses. Tools for energy system analyses have traditionally been designed either with the scope of national energy systems or detailed project-specific analysis in mind, leaving municipal planners in a state of flux. This study aims to identify important specifications and critical design principles for future energy system modelling tools designed for municipal planners. Through a qualitative case-oriented approach, this study investigates the planning practices of four municipalities. It is found that future tools for municipal planning purposes need to combine the need for systematic analyses with concrete and implementable initiatives while balancing analytical complexity with operational simplicity. View Full-Text
Keywords: energy planning; energy system modelling; tool design; energy scenario making energy planning; energy system modelling; tool design; energy scenario making
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Johannsen, R.M.; Østergaard, P.A.; Maya-Drysdale, D.; Krog Elmegaard Mouritsen, L. Designing Tools for Energy System Scenario Making in Municipal Energy Planning. Energies 2021, 14, 1442. https://doi.org/10.3390/en14051442

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Johannsen RM, Østergaard PA, Maya-Drysdale D, Krog Elmegaard Mouritsen L. Designing Tools for Energy System Scenario Making in Municipal Energy Planning. Energies. 2021; 14(5):1442. https://doi.org/10.3390/en14051442

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Johannsen, Rasmus Magni, Poul Alberg Østergaard, David Maya-Drysdale, and Louise Krog Elmegaard Mouritsen. 2021. "Designing Tools for Energy System Scenario Making in Municipal Energy Planning" Energies 14, no. 5: 1442. https://doi.org/10.3390/en14051442

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