Path To Zero - Energy Supply by BAS Nederland
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The plan of the contributor is to bring entire cities to energy independence with their Path to Zero through carbon neutrality, energy neutrality and energy cost neutrality. Plan is to start with selected neighborhoods cities such as Rotterdam and The Hague in The Netherlands, then the Holland and finally global. There are already a number of initiatives that aim to reach energy independence and this approach does not seem to bring a sufficient level of novelty. On the Energy cost neutrality, there are already many schemes used by the European ESCO for energy efficiency, but here it is not clear their role if any or how the customer does not have to make any upfront investment and 'the process finances itself''. As mentioned by Nanda, more elaboration on this points will be much appreciated. The added value is a structured approach step by step with a final goal of going global and an infrastructure to monitor, support and manage the progress that may attract funding.
A strong proposal to extend an energy efficiency scheme that has been successful used in the commercial buildings context to entire cities. The overall scheme is very similar to existing ESCO schemes that have been deployed elsewhere but tries to do this at the scale of entire cities. It is not clear exactly how this would work. Who is the customer for the PTZ when working on a city scale? Must the city government lead this? The team has also selected a bizarre goal of energy neutrality for an entire city. It is not clear if this is an appropriate goal. (Energy neutrality could lead to higher emissions given the limitations of existing small-scale generation technologies.)
while the proposal assumes residential customers have many cost effective energy efficiency and/or generation options available, this is not supported with any specific analysis within the current proposal."Most importantly, the customer does not have to make any upfront investment. The process finances itself
" A bit more elaboration on this points will be much appreciated."
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