Cross-impact analysis of Finnish electricity system with increased renewables: Long-run energy policy challenges in balancing supply and consumption

Juha Panula-Ontto, Jyrki Luukkanen, Jari Kaivo-oja, Tadhg O'Mahony, Jarmo Vehmas, Seppo Valkealahti, Tomas Björkqvist, Timo Korpela, Pertti Järventausta, Yrjö Majanne, Matti Kojo, Pami Aalto, Pirkko Harsia, Kari Kallioharju, Hannele Holttinen, Sami Repo

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    Abstract

    Climate change and global economic pressures are strong drivers for energy economies to transition towards climate-neutrality, low-carbon economy and better energy and resource efficiencies. The response to these pressures, namely the increased use of renewable energy, creates a set of new challenges related to supply-demand balance for energy policy and electricity system planning. This study analyses the emergent problems resulting from the renewable energy response. These complex aspects of change in the electricity system are analysed with a cross-impact model based on an expert-driven modeling process, consisting of workshops, panel evaluations and individual expert work. The model is then analysed using a novel computational cross-impact technique, EXIT. The objective of the study is to map the important direct drivers of change in the period 2017–2030 in electricity consumption and production in Finland, construct a cross-impact model from this basis, and discover the emergent and systemic dynamics of the modeled system by analysis of this model.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)504-513
    Number of pages10
    JournalEnergy Policy
    Volume118
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2018
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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    Keywords

    • Cross-impact analysis
    • Electricity system
    • Low-carbon
    • Renewables
    • Transition

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    Panula-Ontto, J., Luukkanen, J., Kaivo-oja, J., O'Mahony, T., Vehmas, J., Valkealahti, S., Björkqvist, T., Korpela, T., Järventausta, P., Majanne, Y., Kojo, M., Aalto, P., Harsia, P., Kallioharju, K., Holttinen, H., & Repo, S. (2018). Cross-impact analysis of Finnish electricity system with increased renewables: Long-run energy policy challenges in balancing supply and consumption. Energy Policy, 118, 504-513. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2018.04.009