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Integrating energy systems at the regional level: A model based assessment of the Dutch energy system
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ECN Policy Studies 4-3-2016
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ECN-E--16-007 ECN publication
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An integral energy system model representing the Dutch energy system is used to explore the added value of distinguishing regional energy systems in analysing energy transition. Based on a model-based analyses we conclude that: (1) distinguishing regional energy systems in complex energy system models is not necessary when the focus is on analysing national energy transition issues, but is recommended when the focus is on analysing regional and local energy transition issues or analysing particular technologies, (2) differentiation into separate regions in an integral energy system model uncovers important differences between regions concerning the cost-optimal mix of technologies, their deployment throughout the year, and their deployment from hour to hour, and (3) further research may concern the role of energy infrastructure in energy transition and the modelling of smaller-sized regions (i.e. communities, neighbourhoods).

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