Energy supply

Our work on the theme of energy supply is concerned with the major challenges associated with the impacts of the energy transition on the energy sector. To secure the targets of the Paris climate agreement, far-reaching changes are needed. CE Delft’s work in this area focuses on the following issues:

The switch from fossil to renewable
Issues: How rapidly can renewable energy systems be rolled out? What policy measures are available to speed things up? How do we incorporate wind and solar on the massive scale required? What role remains for conventional power stations? How do choices at the national level relate to those made in regional energy strategies?

Alterations to energy grids
Issues: What kinds of energy infrastructure (electricity, heat, gas, hydrogen) do we need in which parts of the Netherlands? How soon do we need them, and how soon can they be available? How do they relate to electric vehicles and electrification of space heating?

Long-term security of supply and (domestic) delivery
Issues: What kind of conversion and storage facilities do we need? What role will demand flexibility play and how will that change as industry grows more electrified? Do we need hydrogen and, if so, how much? How does this tie in with (geo)political aspects? What is wise when it comes to autonomy of supply at the regional, provincial, Dutch and European scale?

From our independent position and our long experience, CE Delft gives its clients insight into realistically projected and potential developments in local, national and international energy supply. Thanks to our in-depth knowledge of policies and scenarios at the European, Dutch and local levels we have a solid understanding of the impacts and barriers involved in the energy transition. Among the key issues are the likely speed of changes in production capacity, the effectiveness of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme, the role and impact of electric transport and the availability of sufficient (sustainable) biomass. In addition, we have the appropriate expertise and in-house tools for robust analysis of the effects of the transition, including Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), (economic) models of energy production technologies and social cost-benefit analyses – for assessing the costs and benefits of smart grid, for example.

Priority areas for research and consultancy

  • Flexibility and system integration of solar/wind, and the role of natural gas.
  • Energy grids and the energy transition (electricity, heat and gas).
  • Forms of energy distribution (fuels, gas, electricity).
  • Growth of renewables input and societal consequences (burden-sharing, land-use impacts of biomass cultivation, etc.)

What can CE Delft do for you?

CE Delft has decades of national and international experience. For our clients in the world of power generation, heat and cold delivery and electricity and gas infrastructure we perform studies on how they can make their operations sustainable. We provide strategic advice on new policies and their impact on core activities. And we provide government departments and agencies with policy advice on creating a level playing field for renewable energy.

Our clients

Our clients include:
government departments and agencies (Dutch ministries of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure & Environment, European Commission, European Environmental Agency (EEA),
energy companies (Eneco, E.On, Electrabel, GasTerra, GdF Suez, Nuon/Vattenfall, Essent/RWE),
environmental NGOs (Dutch Society for Nature & Environment, Greenpeace, WNF, ECF, Transport & Environment, CAN Europe), trade associations (Energie-Nederland, Eurelectric, Netbeheer Nederland
grid operators (Stedin, Alliander, TenneT, Gasunie).

Your contact

For more information please contact Maarten Afman.