Renewable and sustainable energy transitions for countries with different climates and renewable energy sources potentials

Haichao Wang, Giulia Di Pietro, Xiaozhou Wu*, Risto Lahdelma, Vittorio Verda, Ilkka Haavisto

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Renewable energy sources (RES) are playing an increasingly important role in energy markets around the world. It is necessary to evaluate the benefits from a higher level of RES integration with respect to a more active cross-border transmission system. In particular, this paper focuses on the sustainable energy transitions for Finland and Italy, since they have two extreme climate conditions in Europe and quite different profiles in terms of energy production and demand. We developed a comprehensive energy system model using EnergyPLAN with hourly resolution for a reference year for both countries. The models include electricity, heat and transportation sectors. According to the current base models, new scenarios reflecting an RES increase in total fuel consumption have been proposed. The future shares of renewables are based on each nation’s potential. The outcomes of the new scenarios support the future national plans, showing how decarburization in an energy system can occur in relation to the European Roadmap 2030 and 2050. In addition, possible power transmission between Italy and Finland were investigated according to the vision of an integrated European energy system with more efficient cross-border activities.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3523
Pages (from-to)1-32
Number of pages32
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Energy system modelling
  • Energy transition
  • Optimization
  • Renewable energy sources (RES)


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