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Measuring the Impact of Renewable Energy Technologies on Energy Security: A Multi-level Assessment of the German Heating Sector

Schlotz, Alexander LU (2013) In IIIEE Master thesis IMEN41 20132
The International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics
Abstract
This thesis has been written as input for a publicly funded research project on the economic evaluation of the implications of renewable energy expansion in the German electricity and heating sector. So far, the project has only qualitatively assessed the impact of renewable energy deployment on energy security. This thesis presents the first approach of its kind to quantitatively assess the influence of renewable energy deployment on energy security. The German heating sector is taken as a case-study to carry out this assessment.
The political, societal, and academic discourse on energy security in Germany is focussing on supply-based price and quantity risks and discusses energy security mainly as security of supply. Based on this... (More)
This thesis has been written as input for a publicly funded research project on the economic evaluation of the implications of renewable energy expansion in the German electricity and heating sector. So far, the project has only qualitatively assessed the impact of renewable energy deployment on energy security. This thesis presents the first approach of its kind to quantitatively assess the influence of renewable energy deployment on energy security. The German heating sector is taken as a case-study to carry out this assessment.
The political, societal, and academic discourse on energy security in Germany is focussing on supply-based price and quantity risks and discusses energy security mainly as security of supply. Based on this narrow definition, the overall impact of renewable energy deployment is assumed to be beneficial to energy security. This thesis scrutinises this hypothesis in developing a methodological approach aiming at appropriately assessing the complexity and heterogeneity of energy security and at broadening the currently narrow discourse on energy security in Germany.
This thesis highlights that the complexity and heterogeneity of energy security can be delineated with the help of dimensions (i.e. different stakeholders’ views on and perceptions of energy security) and characteristics (i.e. more or less pronounced requirements of energy systems and their subcomponents necessary to meet energy security). Within these dimensions and characteristics, indicators allow to measure the impact of the deployment of renewable energy technologies to energy security.
This thesis further reveals that the deployment of renewable energy technologies in the German heating sector could be beneficial, harmful, or neutral to energy security depending on the deployed technology and the regarded subsector or end-use of thermal energy. (Less)
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author
Schlotz, Alexander LU
supervisor
organization
course
IMEN41 20132
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
energy security, heat security, renewable energy, German heating sector
publication/series
IIIEE Master thesis
report number
2013:25
ISSN
1401-9191
language
English
id
4091522
date added to LUP
2013-10-11 17:11:57
date last changed
2013-10-11 17:11:57
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  abstract     = {This thesis has been written as input for a publicly funded research project on the economic evaluation of the implications of renewable energy expansion in the German electricity and heating sector. So far, the project has only qualitatively assessed the impact of renewable energy deployment on energy security. This thesis presents the first approach of its kind to quantitatively assess the influence of renewable energy deployment on energy security. The German heating sector is taken as a case-study to carry out this assessment.
The political, societal, and academic discourse on energy security in Germany is focussing on supply-based price and quantity risks and discusses energy security mainly as security of supply. Based on this narrow definition, the overall impact of renewable energy deployment is assumed to be beneficial to energy security. This thesis scrutinises this hypothesis in developing a methodological approach aiming at appropriately assessing the complexity and heterogeneity of energy security and at broadening the currently narrow discourse on energy security in Germany.
This thesis highlights that the complexity and heterogeneity of energy security can be delineated with the help of dimensions (i.e. different stakeholders’ views on and perceptions of energy security) and characteristics (i.e. more or less pronounced requirements of energy systems and their subcomponents necessary to meet energy security). Within these dimensions and characteristics, indicators allow to measure the impact of the deployment of renewable energy technologies to energy security.
This thesis further reveals that the deployment of renewable energy technologies in the German heating sector could be beneficial, harmful, or neutral to energy security depending on the deployed technology and the regarded subsector or end-use of thermal energy.},
  author       = {Schlotz, Alexander},
  issn         = {1401-9191},
  keyword      = {energy security,heat security,renewable energy,German heating sector},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  series       = {IIIEE Master thesis},
  title        = {Measuring the Impact of Renewable Energy Technologies on Energy Security: A Multi-level Assessment of the German Heating Sector},
  year         = {2013},
}