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Article Type: Editorial From: International Journal of Energy Sector Management, Volume 8, Issue 3
This issue contains nine papers covering interdisciplinary topics of energy sector management, discussing issues and challenges of developed and developing economies.
The paper titled “DSO tariff structures – development options from stakeholders’ viewpoint” authored by Honkapuro, Tuunanen, Valtonen and Partanen provides a novel viewpoint on the study of the DSO tariff design by considering the impacts of pricing for the stakeholders and their requirements for tariff structure. Major finding of the paper is that the demand-based power band tariff is the optimal solution for the DSO pricing structure, when taking into account the real-life limitations and the requirements of the stakeholders.
Nylund in his article titled “Regional cost sharing in expansions of electricity transmission grids” studies international cooperation on electricity transmission expansions in a region of countries that shares a joint electricity infrastructure. The paper reveals that both cost-sharing and the composition of expansion plans help reaching regional agreements. It was found that agreements based on proportional division of costs in relation to benefits were the best choice for voluntary cooperation.
De Antonellis and De Antonellis provide a detailed analysis of machinery breakdowns in biomass-fired thermal power plants. This study is useful not only to plant operators but also to other stakeholders such as technology providers, prospective investors, Government and policymakers, environmental agencies, insurers and NGOs.
The paper by Pavni and Singh determines the best DGs location for improving reliability and reducing power loss using distribution system reconfiguration.
The article titled “Energy and exergy analysis of fuels” by Anangopal reveals that it is evident that reducing Exergy losses of combustion is only useful if the heat transferred from the flue gas is utilized at high temperatures. Otherwise, a reduction of Exergy loss of combustion will only increase the Exergy loss of heat transfer to the power cycle or heat absorbing process. The outcome of the study would certainly be an eye opener for all the stakeholders in thermal power plants for considering the second law efficiency and to mitigate the irreversibility.
Mandla and Franco examine the growing energy consumption pattern and emissions due to increasing vehicular density in Indian cities. This study reveals that the emission of all greenhouse gases is rising linearly and CO2 emission is most alarming.
The paper titled “GDP growth – energy consumption relationship: revisited” by Al-Mulali investigates the relationship between GDP growth and renewable and non-renewable energy consumption in 82 developing countries during 1990-2009.
Ball, Lunt and Levers in their paper titled “Barriers to industrial energy efficiency” demonstrate how organisational barriers affect energy efficiency. This study proposes a cognitive map of industrial efficiency barriers to demonstrate their interrelationship.
The paper by Sreejith and Simon investigates the role of static VAR compensator (SVC) and unified power flow controller (UPFC) for improving the power flow and voltage profile and analyse cost recovery and payback period with SVC and UPFC in dynamic economic dispatch problem.
Prasanta Kumar Dey