Spatial-Energy framework aiming at breakthroughs brings goals beyond policy objectives within reach

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Climate Change Adaptation: Ecology, Mitigation and Management, 2011, pp. 127 - 150
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2011-01-01
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The energy supply system is approaching fundamental changes. The traditional fossil-based provision of energy is not eternal. It needs to be replaced by an alternative. Current policy agreements stand in the way of fundamental changes towards a fully renewable energy supply, because they set targets based on political compromises instead of on the potential production of renewable energies. If the energy supply is approached from the local energy potential point of view more ambitious goals can be achieved. The methodology developed for the Groningen region in the Netherlands consists of three basic phases: the mapping of energy potentials, the development of a conceptual design and a realisation strategy, based on swarm planning principles. The constellation of local networks is an important feature of this approach. The results illustrate that confidence may arise about the potential renewable energy production as well as the potentials of reducing CO2 emissions. © 2011 by Nova Science Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.
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