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The gap between energy policy challenges and model capabilities

Savvidis, Georgios and Siala, Kais and Weissbart, Christoph and Schmidt, Lukas and Borggrefe, Frieder and Kumar, Subhash and Pittel, Karen and Madlener, Reinhard and Hufendiek, Kai (2019) The gap between energy policy challenges and model capabilities. Energy Policy, 125, pp. 503-520. Elsevier. DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2018.10.033 ISSN 0301-4215

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2018.10.033

Abstract

Ambitious decarbonization targets, technology-specific policies, and computational developments led to increases in the complexity and diversity of energy system models. The lack of transparency and standardization, however, renders the assessment of model suitability for specific policy questions difficult. Therefore, this paper systematically assesses the ability of energy system models to answer major energy policy questions. It examines the existing literature on model comparison schemes, then proposes a set of criteria to compare a sample of 40 models. Besides, a novel, model-oriented approach is developed in order to cluster energy policy questions. Finally, the model capabilities and the policy questions are brought together by quantifying the gap between models and policy questions. The results show that some models are very well able to answer a wide range of energy policy questions, whereas others are only suitable for a specific area of energy policy. The representation of the distribution grid, the endogenous adjustment of demand, and the technical flexibility of the energy system are among the features, where models generally lag behind. Our results provide policy-makers with guidance on crucial model features with respect to a selection of energy policy questions and suggest potential funding priorities for future energy system modeling.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/132992/
Document Type:Article
Title:The gap between energy policy challenges and model capabilities
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Savvidis, GeorgiosInstitute of Energy Economics and Rational Energy Use (IER), University of Stuttgart, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Siala, Kaishair of Renewable and Sustainable Energy Systems, Technical University of Munich, Germanyhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-3109-1737
Weissbart, Christophifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Schmidt, Lukasewi Energy Research & Scenarios gGmbH, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Borggrefe, FriederGerman Aerospace Center (DLR), Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics, Stuttgart, Germanyhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-5733-128X
Kumar, SubhashInstitute for Future Energy Consumer Needs and Behavior (FCN), School of Business and Economics / E.ON Energy Research Center, RWTH Aachen University, GermanUNSPECIFIED
Pittel, Karenifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Madlener, Reinhardf Institute for Future Energy Consumer Needs and Behavior (FCN), School of Business and Economics / E.ON Energy Research Center, RWTH Aachen University, Germanhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-1514-6486
Hufendiek, KaiInstitute of Energy Economics and Rational Energy Use (IER), University of Stuttgart, Germanyhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-7652-9555
Date:February 2019
Journal or Publication Title:Energy Policy
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Volume:125
DOI :10.1016/j.enpol.2018.10.033
Page Range:pp. 503-520
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0301-4215
Status:Published
Keywords:Energy system modeling; model comparison; policy issue categorization
HGF - Research field:Energy
HGF - Program:Technology, Innovation and Society
HGF - Program Themes:Renewable Energy and Material Resources for Sustainable Futures - Integrating at Different Scales
DLR - Research area:Energy
DLR - Program:E SY - Energy Systems Analysis
DLR - Research theme (Project):E - Systems Analysis and Technology Assessment
Location: Stuttgart
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics > Energy Systems Analysis
Deposited By: Borggrefe, Frieder
Deposited On:19 Dec 2019 16:36
Last Modified:19 Dec 2019 16:36

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