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Standardization of the development of local energy initatives

Jongh, J.V. de (2021) Standardization of the development of local energy initatives.

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Abstract:The Netherlands is currently working to eliminate the use of natural gas within the urban environment. From the Climate accord, the intention is to do this via a neighbourhood-based approach, which opens the door for local ownership and local energy initiatives. The development of such a local energy initiative is still only loosely documented, with no clear standard process to follow. This unknown path is not helped by the recent changes to how the municipality is involved in the heat transition, namely their new responsibilities from the climate accord and Heat act 2.0, which in general give them more influence over the process and products of the heat transition. This means the role division and cooperation between municipalities and local energy initiatives has become a point of interest. This leads to this research. The objective of this research is to gain further insight in the standardization of the development of initiatives with specific attention to the role division between the municipality and the local energy initiative. To fulfil the research objective, two main questions were to be answered: 1) How far developed does a local energy transition initiative need to be in order to start the project development process? And 2) What are the options for the role division in the energy transition in the built environment for energy initiatives and municipalities? To answer these questions a panel discussion, interviews and written responses were used to obtain information from municipal and initiative experts, which was used in addition to (grey) literature on the topic. Four interviews were held on the role division and one panel discussion was held on the initiative development.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:ET: Engineering Technology
Programme:Civil Engineering BSc (56952)
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