A comparison of cost-benefit analysis of biomass and natural gas CHP projects in Denmark and the Netherlands

T. Groth, Bert Scholtens

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

10 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

We investigate what drives differences in the project appraisal of biomass and natural gas combined heat and power (CHP) projects in two countries with very similar energy profiles. This is of importance as the European Commission is assessing the potential scope of harmonizing renewable electricity support schemes post 2020. Concurrently, it is also promoting the use of cost benefit analysis (CBA) for transnational energy infrastructure projects. We use CBA to assess the same project proposal in Denmark and the Netherlands, following the respective country's guidelines. We find that especially the fuel costs and the valuation of emissions drive the differences. Furthermore, we establish that the sensitivity of the CBA results not only from policy differences in the countries, but also from differences in the methodology used.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1095-1102
Number of pages8
JournalRenewable Energy
Volume86
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2016

Keywords

  • Cost-benefit analysis
  • Combined heat and power
  • Net present value

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'A comparison of cost-benefit analysis of biomass and natural gas CHP projects in Denmark and the Netherlands'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this