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Using strong sustainability to optimize electricity generation fuel mixes

Bishop, JDK and Amaratunga, GAJ and Rodriguez, C (2008) Using strong sustainability to optimize electricity generation fuel mixes. Energy Policy, 36. pp. 971-980. ISSN 0301-4215

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Abstract

This work represents a contribution to the field of sustainable electricity system design by using an optimization tool to specify the final mix composition, subject to the constraints of: emissions that are within the biocapacity of the region; a diverse and robust electricity supply system; and supply that at least meets current demand. The 25-country European Union (EU-25) is used as a case study. All the goals, save diversity, can be met by re-structuring the current fuel mix, thus maintaining current consumption levels. The diversity target is only met when consumption is reduced by 10-15% and the constraint on maximum material throughput is relaxed. Re-structuring the mix and reducing consumption is insufficient to achieve a sustainable EU carbon footprint. However, the solution proposed singlehandedly allows the EU to meet its Kyoto emissions target as well as its 2007 policy of a reduction of 20% in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. © 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Optimization model Strong sustainability Sustainable electricity system
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Divisions: Div B > Electronics, Power & Energy Conversion
Div A > Energy
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2014 11:27
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2014 02:12
DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2007.11.015