PhD defence, Friday 23 August 2019

THESIS: Coordinated planning for renewable smart energy systems – how strategic energy planning could help meet local and national goals

PhD defence: Louise Krog Jensen

Denmark is in the middle of a transition towards a 100% renewable energy system, and strategic energy planning was introduced by Danish politicians in 2012. Policy makers and officials have described strategic energy planning as a task for the Danish municipalities, but this has not been made a mandatory task with allocated funding. This has led to scattered energy planning in Denmark, wherein some municipalities have chosen to develop strategic energy plans while others have chosen not to.

This thesis investigates the coordination needs that emerge in the planning for a 100% renewable energy system and how local strategic energy planning can be developed to meet these coordination needs. The study was designed as a case study of a Danish Municipality to investigate in detail the different processes of local strategic energy planning.

To outline the context of the case study and to frame the concept of strategic energy planning applied in the analyses, a theoretical analytical framework for strategic energy planning in the Danish context has been developed to guide the analyses of local strategic energy planning.

The outcome of the study provide an insight into how local strategic energy planning is carried out in a Danish municipality today. Furthermore, are a list of barriers for successful strategic energy planning in connection to identified coordination needs identified, followed by suggestions for how to address and eliminate these barriers at the national and municipal levels.

GET YOUR COPY: Please email to get a copy of the thesis

ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE: Professor Poul Alberg Østergaard, Aalborg University (Chairman) Senior Researcher, PhD Per Sieverts Nielsen, Technical University of Denmark Professor Erik Oluf Ahlgreen, Chalmers University of Technology

SUPERVISOR: Associate Professor Karl Sperling, Aalborg University 
MODERATOR: Professor Henrik Lund, Department of Planning, Aalborg University

TIME & LOCATION: Friday 23 August 2019, Rendsburggade 14, 9000 Aalborg, Room: 14 3.329

PHD LECTURE: 13.00 – 13.45 
QUESTIONING: 14.00 – 16.00 
RECEPTION: 16.00, at Rendsburggade 14, lunch room 2.349
HOST: Department of Planning, Aalborg University
REGISTRATION: Please sign up for this event no later than 19 August at 12.00 in this doodle 


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