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Session B5 2017-09-05T22:40:38+00:00


System Thinking: How to interconnect sectors

Day: 13th September, 2017

Time: 15:00 – 16:30

Room: WIND

Short Description:

The share of renewables in electricity worldwide accounted for more than 23% in 2015 up from about 17% at the beginning of the 21st century. The share of renewables in total final energy consumption, however, is significantly below that. In order meet the aim of the Paris Agreement to keep global temperatures well below 2°C, renewable energy uptake has to occur across all end-use sectors, such as heating, cooling and transport.  These sectors collectively represent about three quarters of final energy consumption and remains mainly fossil-fuel based.

Questions to be addressed by the session:

  1. How can we improve the competitive conditions for renewable electricity in the heating and transport sectors so that RE electricity is on a level playing field with those fuels that currently dominate both sectors?
  2. Shifting electricity consumption to times of renewable energy electricity abundance and negative prices must be economically viable.  However, most countries lack adequate price signals to encourage energy use in the presence of excess power. Often certain price components are calculated statically, i.e. the absolute amount is always the same irrespective of the electricity price. Is this the case in your country, too? And what approaches could be taken to get financial incentives right?
  3. What in your view are priority steps that must be taken to ensure that the increased demand for power from electrification of other end-use sector does not backfire?
  4. How can we make sure that other sectors reasonably contribute to the costs of renewable electricity?
  5. How do you see the trade-off between international transmission, storage and sector-coupling?
  6. What steps have been taken to create markets for renewable heating and cooling in Latin American countries? Infrastructure for municipal heating and cooling can be expensive.  What financial mechanisms can be used to make them financially feasible?

Session composition:

The keynote speaker gives a 15 min overview of the thematic context of this session. In the remaining time, the panelist’s respond to the questions posed by the moderator as well as discussion points from the audience.

Keynote: Mr. Paolo Frankl, Head of Division, IEA Hyperlink to bio

Moderator: Mr. Doug Arent, Executive Director Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis, NREL 


Other Panelists TBC

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