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Global EnergyIssues, Potentials, and Policy Implications$
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Paul Ekins, Mike Bradshaw, and Jim Watson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198719526

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198719526.001.0001

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Network infrastructure and energy storage for low-carbon energy systems

Network infrastructure and energy storage for low-carbon energy systems

(p.426) 21 Network infrastructure and energy storage for low-carbon energy systems
Global Energy

Paul E. Dodds

Birgit Fais

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines how network infrastructures have evolved in different countries, with a particular emphasis on electricity and gas networks. Energy storage is normally integrated into network infrastructure so is also examined here. Challenges on the horizon are identified, for example the impacts of intermittent renewable electricity generation on electricity networks in high-income countries and expanding access to energy in low-income countries. The technical options and choices to meet these challenges are reviewed. Three case studies, examining Germany, China, and Kenya are used to illustrate specific examples of these issues. Governments are held responsible for ensuring energy security yet private actors often build and operate the network infrastructure. This chapter reviews the key policy decisions around the roles of governments and private actors in infrastructure development, including the creation of supply chains, regulation of energy markets, and the source of investments.

Keywords:   network infrastructure, energy storage, energy security, low-carbon, stranded assets, intermittent generation, super grid, smart grid, energy policy, energy access

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