The energy landscape is changing due to new conditions regarding energy demand, production technologies and institutional structures. The fundamental driving force is the social transformation that follows from the realization that global warming must be stopped. This implies, among other things, that the energy system must increasingly be based on renewable energy at the same time as energy use is made more efficient. The climate and energy policy goals, both globally and in Sweden, require not only a radical change in the energy system, but also in society as a whole. To enable this, decision-makers at different levels will need to prioritize between different combinations of measures aimed at, behavioral changes, development of new technology and new processes, as well as enabling more efficient use of natural resources linked to energy conversion.
To make the right priorities and effective trade-offs, new knowledge is needed: How will the electricity grid of the future be designed? How can new market models meet the market's demand for green energy, and at the same time contribute to increased efficiency? How can consumers be involved in the energy markets of the future? What does increased electrification mean for the district heating system? How much wind power should we have in Norrland, and how much is there public acceptance for? Can acceptance increase with new business models and new technical solutions? What does increased demand for bioenergy mean for competition for biomass and how do we use forest resources? What goal conflicts and synergies are there, and how do we resolve any goal conflicts and realize synergies? What does the change mean for northern Sweden in general?
To ensure that research questions are relevant and seek practically applicable answers, we believe that broad collaboration is needed. Together with Övik Energi, Umeå Energi and Skellefteå Kraft, the School of Business, Economics and Statistics, and CERE has therefore initiated a collaboration, Energy North, a competence center for analysis of the sustainable energy landscape of the future.
Interdisciplinary collaborations on energy issues are important. Our ambition is for Energy North to be a forum where researchers from different disciplines, with a common interest in the energy landscape of the future, meet for interdisciplinary discussions, joint project applications and research collaborations.
Energy North therefore invites you to an interdisciplinary workshop where the focus is on sharing thoughts and ideas and finding ways for collaborations on research and project applications. The idea is that you, from your perspective, share your view on the overall issue, Tomorrow's energy landscape - what does it look like and how do we get there?
We also want to investigate the possibilities of applying for external funding for a competence center for the energy landscape of the future from the Swedish Energy Agency: www.energimyndigheten.se/utlysningar/kompetenscentrum-for-ett-hallbart-energisystem/.
Due to prevailing circumstances, the workshop will be conducted in a digital format.
13.00 – 13.15. Introduction and background
13.15 – 14.15. Presentations of participants
14.15 – 14.30. A compentence centre?
14.45 – 15.30. Discussion, how to move on?