Setting the Stage for a Future Positive Energy District: Expectations on Energy System Operators in Case Hiedanranta

Tuomas Vanhanen, Jussi Valta, Katri Valkokari

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Abstract

To manage positive energy district (PED) creation, municipalities must do more than follow the established city planning process. We set the stage for future research in a case city district in Finland by analysing interviews and survey results of domain experts relevant for the emerging PED. We utilize strategic niche management to structure the data with factors including actor networks, expectations, and business models. We highlight the main conflicts and opportunities for cooperation with municipality-owned utility companies and other actors. We find that the role of incumbents is evolving as utilities have begun to engage in strategic partnerships. Still, especially data-driven niche development lacks an explicit shared vision and must be more clearly governed by the public administration. We expect that our findings will be relevant to municipalities and academics, especially in terms of PED developments where district heating is present.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2023 19th International Conference on the European Energy Market, EEM 2023
PublisherIEEE
ISBN (Electronic)979-8-3503-1258-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
EventInternational Conference on the European Energy Market - Lappeenranta, Finland
Duration: 6 Jun 20238 Jun 2023

Publication series

NameInternational Conference on the European Energy Market, EEM
ISSN (Print)2165-4077
ISSN (Electronic)2165-4093

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on the European Energy Market
Country/TerritoryFinland
CityLappeenranta
Period6/06/238/06/23

Keywords

  • district heating
  • positive energy district
  • power distribution
  • sector coupling
  • strategic niche management

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Marketing
  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology

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