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Ida Græsted Jensen & Lise Skovsgaard: The impact of CO2-costs on biogas usage, Energy Volume 134, 1 September 2017, Pages 289-300.

Abstract

The Danish government has set a target of being fossil fuel independent by 2050 implying that a high degree of inflexible renewable energy will be included in the energy system; biogas can add flexibility and potentially has a negative CO2-emission. In this paper, we investigate the socio-economic system costs of reaching a Danish biogas target of 3.8 PJ in the energy system, and how CO2-costs affect the system costs and biogas usage. We perform our analysis using the energy systems model, Balmorel, and expand the model with a common target for raw biogas and upgraded biogas (biomethane). Raw biogas can be used directly in heat and power production, while biomethane has the same properties as natural gas. Balmorel is altered such that natural gas and biomethane can be used in the same technologies. Several CO2-cost estimates are investigated; hereunder a high estimate for the expected CO2- externality costs. We find that system costs increase with CO2-costs in most cases, while the biogas target becomes socio-economically cheaper. In the case of a very high CO2-cost, system costs decrease and biomethane becomes the primary fuel. Furthermore, biomethane functions as regulating power and the Danish fuel consumption increases due to a higher electricity export.