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Assessing the Future of Renewable and Smart Grid Technologies in Regional Energy Systems

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In this paper we present the regional techno-economic model ETEM, designed for the analysis of regional energy/environment systems and we show how it can be used to explore the possible penetration of new technologies in a region corresponding roughly to the canton of Geneva. We investigate three scenarios with different constraints on CO2 emissions and electricity imports and show the essential role played by new technologies, linked through a smart grid, in the effort toward a sustainable energy system. We strengthen our conclusion with a stochastic approach dealing with uncertainty in future electricity prices and electric car technology penetration.

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This research has been supported by the GICC programme of the French Ministry MEDDEM, by the EUFP7-ERMITAGE research project, by the project RITES, financed by the Federal Office for Energy, Bern, Switzerland and by the Swiss-NSF-NCCR climate grant.

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Babonneau, F., Haurie, A., Tarel, G.J. et al. Assessing the Future of Renewable and Smart Grid Technologies in Regional Energy Systems. Swiss J Economics Statistics 148, 229–273 (2012). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF03399367

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  • smart-grids
  • renewable energy sources
  • Switzerland
  • Geneva