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International Journal of Sustainable Energy Planning and Management
Journal Prestige (SJR): 0.628
Citation Impact (citeScore): 2
Number of Followers: 5  

  This is an Open Access Journal Open Access journal
ISSN (Print) 2246-2929
Published by Aalborg University Homepage  [18 journals]
  • Trash to Hryvnias: The economics of electricity generation from landfill
           gas in Ukraine

    • Authors: Tetiana Kurbatova, Roman Sidortsov
      Abstract: Utilization of landfill gas for electricity generation should be an attractive option for Ukraine in light of the country’s rapidly growing municipal solid waste problem, the influx of intermittent renewable electricity into the national grid, and renewable energy adoption commitments. However, the deployment of landfill gas power plants has been slow vis-à-vis other alternative energy technologies despite the existing government incentives. This article aims to help understanding this trend by investigating the economic feasibility of landfill gas power plants. The research focuses on determining the Levelized Cost of Electricity of these electricity generation facilities and comparing it to the feed-in tariff available to landfill gas electricity producers. The results show making an investment into a landfill gas-fired power plant is an appealing strategy due to a potential high and quick return on investment at 5.1 years. This leads to the ultimate conclusion that economic feasibility is not a cause for the slow adoption of landfill gas as a source of renewable electricity generation in Ukraine. In addition, the article identifies several potential barriers to landfill gas electricity generation deployment to be investigated in future research.
      PubDate: 2022-03-21
      DOI: 10.54337/ijsepm.6707
      Issue No: Vol. 33 (2022)
       
  • Editorial - International Journal of Sustainable Energy Planning and
           Management Vol 33

    • Authors: Poul Alberg Østergaard, Rasmus Magni Johannsen
      Pages: 1 - 2
      Abstract: This editorial introduces the main findings from the 33rd Volume of the International Journal of Sustainable Energy Planning and Management. First Madsen favourably reviews Verbruggen’s book Pricing carbon emissions: Economic reality and utopia. This is followed by analyses of the role of islands in the energy transition taking a starting point in Samsø, the Orkneys and Madeira and subsequently a strategic niche management-based investigation of the transition of a Nigerian community. Then the role of the discount rate is explored taking the example of power production expansion in Ecuador. Lastly, the feasibility of landfill gas is explored under Ukrainian conditions.
      PubDate: 2022-02-14
      DOI: 10.5278/ijsepm.7103
      Issue No: Vol. 33 (2022)
       
  • A review of “Pricing Carbon Emissions. Economic Reality and
           Utopia” by Aviel Verbruggen

    • Authors: Poul Thøis Madsen
      Pages: 3 - 6
      Abstract: According to Verbruggen the main obstacle to a decarbonized future of the European Union and partly also the World is the notion that the buying and selling of permits to emit CO2 is a panacea. On all possible accounts it has, however, proven to be a dead end. So rather than repeatedly remedying the system all attempts to implement such a general solution should be abandoned entirely. This could then pave the way for a more targeted ‘Act Now’ policy aiming at reducing the level of CO2 emissions to zero as quickly as possible. If you wish to know more about why ‘pricing carbon emissions’ as a general policy is the wrong way to go, the book by Verbruggen is required and indispensable reading.
      PubDate: 2022-02-14
      DOI: 10.5278/ijsepm.7056
      Issue No: Vol. 33 (2022)
       
  • Rethinking islands and their models in sustainable energy planning: How
           inclusive local perspectives improve energy planning globally

    • Authors: Hannah M Marczinkowski
      Pages: 7 - 18
      Abstract: This work contemplates and defines the role of modelling renewable energy, especially on islands, in the transition to sustainable and highly renewable energy systems. It addresses the Paris Agreement by potentially including 80,000 islands with their locally limited and globally relevant role in energy planning. To achieve global targets, also islands need to contribute, yet with limited possibilities and support but with increasing attention. With a particular focus on three case studies, this work highlights general perspectives of islands, their limitations but also their potentials, and the understanding we can gain from them to address energy planning is a smart way. Therefore, the concepts of smart energy systems and islands are elaborated and combined, as well as put into new theoretical context of transition and multi-level governance. This is achieved by looking into the energy system analysis and modelling work done on the case studies. This critically reflects on the renewable energy demonstrations and modelling done of and on islands; and when including perspectives from and working with the islands, it can benefit both islanders and energy planners in the energy transition. The collaboration with islands supports also future research and the fight against climate change in a sustainable way.
      PubDate: 2022-02-14
      DOI: 10.5278/ijsepm.6970
      Issue No: Vol. 33 (2022)
       
  • Navigating Pathways for Community Renewable Electricity in Rural Areas:
           Exploring Stakeholders’ Perspectives on Shape Community Project

    • Authors: Ahmed Ibrahim Butu, Peter Strachan
      Pages: 19 - 34
      Abstract: The transition to community renewables is supported as a panacea for the energy infrastructure challenges encountered by off-grid rural communities. Government and development agencies are encouraging the acceleration of the transition process through the development of pilot community projects. While relative success has been recorded in some of these projects, the transition pace is quite slow in developing countries. This raises a number of questions on various aspects of such an energy transition. Of relevance to this paper is the governance approach through which community projects are developed. This paper draws on Strategic Niche Management (SNM) to investigate the planning and implementation of such a project in Shape, a rural community in Nigeria. Data was gathered from 24 relevant actors in the electricity industry. Results from the semi-structured interviews revealed the non-involvement of key stakeholders. On local community engagement, the study revealed evidence of passive involvement to inform locals and seek unskilled local labour.
      PubDate: 2022-02-14
      DOI: 10.5278/ijsepm.6813
      Issue No: Vol. 33 (2022)
       
  • Assessing the impact of applying individual discount rates in power system
           expansion of Ecuador using OSeMOSYS

    • Authors: Roberto Heredia Fonseca, Francesco Gardumi
      Pages: 35 - 52
      Abstract: The development of the electricity supply sector needs data and energy system models to aid government instances to achieve optimal decision-making. Since 2006, Ecuador has faced gradual changes in the electricity sector and invested more than 11 billion dollars in expanding the generation. We use an open-source model generator in the present study and develop the first long-term generation expansion model for Ecuador. We select specific social and hurdle rates to represent the government's decision to mobilize private energy infrastructure investments. We build scenarios for social and hurdle rates to evaluate the sensitivity of renewable and conventional generation technologies to such rates. Results show that medium and large hydropower have a low sensitivity to discount rates. Medium and large hydropower plays a significant role in the energy mix in the mid and long-term, regardless of the discount rate. Results from this model find no significant contribution of non-hydro renewables. Among these, only geothermal reaches around 160 MW for all scenarios. Installing geothermal and hydropower minimizes generation from conventional technologies until 2034; then, CCGT installations increase CO2 emissions above 2020 levels.
      PubDate: 2022-02-14
      DOI: 10.5278/ijsepm.6820
      Issue No: Vol. 33 (2022)
       
 
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