Planning subtask A1: Study Motivation - Problem forumlation - Stakeholders and stakes
Example: Local energy planning in Hylkje

The purpose of this study is to investigate alternatives to cover the forecasted increase in energy demand in Hylkje area. The main contribution to this increase in demand comes from an area where new residential buildings (over 2000 households) will be constructed in the near future.

In addition, a potential for heat demand has been identified at an industrial site. This industry has a large demand of heat (for special industrial processes) that is currently supplied by a local heat generation facility (an oil-fired boiler). However this boiler is almost reaching its optimal life time, and because of increased oil prices, the management of the company is searching for solutions to replace it. One alternative will be to buy the heat form the local distribution company if the costs and other criteria are better that building a new boiler in its backyard.

The increase in the local energy demand can be supplied by different energy carriers such as electricity, gas, hot water/district heating or biomass. In the area of interest, electricity is the traditional and most common used energy carrier and therefore the use of a new energy carrier (gas for example) would require investments in new energy distribution infrastructure (gas or district heating). Integrated planning of the different energy transport infrastructures will be therefore needed.

The decision maker in this case is the local energy distribution company. By law this company is obliged to contribute to the updating of the annual report regarding the situation of the local energy supply system (called in Norwegian 'lokal energiutredning').

Stakeholders in this case are the private customers and the industry in the area although the later can be a decision maker itself.

In addition, an important role in the planning process will be played by Enova SF, a public enterprise owned by the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy. Enova`s main mission is to contribute to environmentally sound and rational use and production of energy, relying on financial instruments and incentives to stimulate market actors and mechanisms to achieve national energy policy goals – such like, for example increasing the use of gas in communities.

Published August 3, 2012

Contact: Gerd Kjølle, SINTEF Energy Research