Measuring resilience in energy systems: insights from a range of disciplines

Molyneaux, Lynette, Brown, Colin, Wagner, Liam and Foster, John (2016) Measuring resilience in energy systems: insights from a range of disciplines. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 59 1068-1079. doi:10.1016/j.rser.2016.01.063


Author Molyneaux, Lynette
Brown, Colin
Wagner, Liam
Foster, John
Title Measuring resilience in energy systems: insights from a range of disciplines
Journal name Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1879-0690
1364-0321
Publication date 2016-06
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1016/j.rser.2016.01.063
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 59
Start page 1068
End page 1079
Total pages 12
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon Press
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract Economic stability is dependent on the effective functioning and resilience of energy systems. Resilience is a term used across all research disciplines and in everyday discourse. As a concept it purports to serve as a useful indicator of sustainability and robustness, but it has proved difficult to measure. Ecological resilience, psychological resilience, risk management and energy security are all fields of research in which measures of the ability to respond to the unexpected are sought. The goal is to build adaptive capacity but quite different methods have been developed to achieve this end. Research on energy security, in particular, has focused on the security of oil supplies, not resilience or the adaptive capacity of the energy system or the role that renewable energy plays in building such capacity. This paper discusses how different disciplines seek to measure and build resilience and explores its connection with the state or quality of a system’s adaptive capacity. When the parameters of redundancy and diversity are present, resilience is enhanced. For this reason, in energy systems we must understand the size and scope of the key parameters required to facilitate the development of adaptive capacity and to build resilience that can enhance economic stability.
Keyword Energy security
Resilience
Sustainable energy
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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