Agusdinata, D.B, and D. DeLaurentis: Specification of system-of-systems for policymaking in the energy sector. In: The Integrated Assessment Journal, Vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 1 – 24 (2008). ISSN: 1389-5176. [s.l.]: The Integrated Assessment Society, 2008.
Very detailed models often hinder the ability to develop a broad, highlevel understanding of system behavior. A system-of-systems perspective combined with a policy analysis approach offers an alternative approach for policy decision-making. This paper specifies the elements of the energy system-of-systems using this new approach and illustrates its use via an example from the Dutch residential sub-sector. The resulting comprehensive problem representation provides meaningful insights into the interdependencies of relevant factors and values among different levels of the system-of-systems covering both the supply and demand side. The paper also shows that despite the high complexity of the energy sector, an energy system-of-systems can be specified in a manageable way and can be used to formulate tractable decision-making problems on a specific