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Special Issue "Integration of Renewable Energy in Energy Systems: Perspectives on Investment, Technology, and Policy"

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). This special issue belongs to the section "A: Sustainable Energy".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 24 February 2023 | Viewed by 2563

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Jinhua Xu
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Guest Editor
Institutes of Science and Development, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190, China
Interests: energy technical and economic modelling and evaluation; energy and power system low-carbon transformation; electric vehicle adoption behavior and policy; digital economy governance and policy
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Dr. Hongguang Nie
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School of Economics and Management, Changchun University of Science and Technology, Changchun 130022, China
Interests: carbon emissions; energy efficiency; energy policy
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Dr. Bowen Yi
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Guest Editor
School of Economics & Management, Beihang University, Beijing 100191, China
Interests: energy system modelling; power system planning; energy transition

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Integration of renewable energy in energy systems is the key measure to meet the climate challenge, and it plays vital role in the energy transition of energy consumption from fossil energy to renewable energies. Currently, the integration of renewable energy is facing new challenges, associated with the renewable energy access capacity to power grid, electrical energy storage, renewable energy technology innovation, and policy designs involving with market-based mechanism and administrative policies. Therefore, in the transition, renewable energy investment, technology innovation and related policies are key driving forces. The research topics in this Special Issue focus on: (i) investment and policy recommendations of renewable energy, inter-regional transmission lines and charging infrastructures, (i) market mechanism and policy designs of improving the renewable energy access capacity to power grid, (iii) technology innovation and future cost associate with the renewable energies, electrical energy storage and electric vehicles, (iv) resource potential of renewable energies and underlying development goals of renewable energy power in energy systems.

Dr. Jinhua Xu
Dr. Hongguang Nie
Dr. Bowen Yi
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • integration of renewable energy in energy systems
  • investment and policy recommendations of renewable energy inter-regional transmission lines and charging infrastructures
  • market mechanism and policy designs of improving the renewable energy access capacity to power grid
  • technology innovation and future cost of the renewable energies, electrical energy storage and electric vehicles
  • resource potential of renewable energies
  • underlying development goals of renewable energy power in energy systems

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Chinese-Style Fiscal Decentralization, Ecological Attention of Government, and Regional Energy Intensity
Energies 2022, 15(22), 8408; https://doi.org/10.3390/en15228408 - 10 Nov 2022
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The impact of Chinese-style fiscal decentralization on regional energy intensity has long been disputed by the supporters of “federal environmentalism” and those who hold “race to the bottom” views. At the same time, with the transformation of China’s development mode, the Chinese government [...] Read more.
The impact of Chinese-style fiscal decentralization on regional energy intensity has long been disputed by the supporters of “federal environmentalism” and those who hold “race to the bottom” views. At the same time, with the transformation of China’s development mode, the Chinese government is paying increasing attention to the protection of ecological civilization and the realization of sustainable development, and the government’s attention to the ecological environment is becoming an important factor affecting regional energy intensity. Therefore, this paper takes the fiscal decentralization and ecological attention of local governments in China as the research object and analyzes their impact mechanism on regional energy intensity. Firstly, the entropy weight method was used to measure the comprehensive score of fiscal decentralization of Chinese local governments, and the text analysis method was used to obtain the ecological attention index of Chinese provincial local governments, which was sorted into panel data of 30 provinces (municipalities and autonomous regions) in mainland China from 2007 to 2019. The spatial econometric model and panel threshold model are structured as the means for analyzing the impact that fiscal decentralization and the ecological attention of local governments have, respectively, on regional energy intensity targets. We obtained the following conclusions: Chinese fiscal decentralization can significantly improve the regional energy intensity, and the fiscal decentralization of a region can significantly reduce the energy intensity in nearby regions; the enhancement of ecological attention of local governments will significantly inhibit regional energy intensity, and also has a significant inhibitory effect on the energy intensity of neighboring regions. As the threshold variable—which is the ecological attention of local governments—increases and reaches a certain level, fiscal decentralization will significantly and reversely inhibit regional energy intensity, indicating that the ecological attention of local governments can moderate the distortion of fiscal decentralization with regards to regional energy efficiency. Full article
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Antarctic Shipborne Tourism: Carbon Emission and Mitigation Path
Energies 2022, 15(21), 7837; https://doi.org/10.3390/en15217837 - 22 Oct 2022
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The rapidly increasing concentrations of carbon dioxide lead to a threat of global climate change. As one of the major sources of carbon emissions in the Antarctic region, shipborne tourism in the Antarctic is expanding rapidly. Consequently, the carbon emissions of shipborne tourism [...] Read more.
The rapidly increasing concentrations of carbon dioxide lead to a threat of global climate change. As one of the major sources of carbon emissions in the Antarctic region, shipborne tourism in the Antarctic is expanding rapidly. Consequently, the carbon emissions of shipborne tourism in Antarctica are rapidly increasing. However, there is not enough attention being paid to this issue. In this paper, a calculation model was established to calculate the carbon emissions of cruise ships from the 2003/04 season to the 2016/17 season. The evolution of the carbon emissions from Antarctic cruise ships was described. An aggregate energy efficiency index was developed to evaluate the energy efficiency performance of Antarctic vessels. The key drivers were analyzed to find the paths of carbon reduction. The results show that: (1) The emissions per passenger-trip did not show a downward trend. The total carbon emissions increased continuously with the increasing number of tourists. The total carbon emissions in the 2016/17 season was double that in the 2003/04 season. (2) The aggregate energy efficiency index of Antarctic tour vessels has not reached an advanced level yet. It is the main reason for the high value of emissions per passenger-trip. (3) Due to the oversupply of Antarctica tour ships, there is a low rate of occupancy, which accounts for the decline in aggregate energy efficiency from the 2014/15 season to the 2016/17 season. This study suggests that the administrators of Antarctica should strengthen supervision of the tourism market, control the rapid growth in the number of cruise ships, improve the aggregate energy efficiency of cruise ships and form an efficient and green Antarctic tourism management system. Full article
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