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Ambition requiring energy : A study of the institutional organisation of the energy transition in the Achterhoek and its influence on the actual content and speed of the transition

Huls, Thijs (2016) Ambition requiring energy : A study of the institutional organisation of the energy transition in the Achterhoek and its influence on the actual content and speed of the transition.

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Abstract:The Region Achterhoek, in the Eastern part of The Netherlands, has the ambition to become energy neutral in 2030. This requires the transition of the current fossil based energy system into an energy system based on renewables. To date the results of the energy transition in the Achterhoek in terms of increase in renewable energy production and energy efficiency improvement are modest. This thesis research has analysed possible causes by looking at the structuring and the functioning of the energy transition process till mid-2016. The IAD framework of Elinor Ostrom (Ostrom, 1990, 2007, 2011) was our theoretical inspiration. We conducted fourteen interviews with key stakeholders of the transition process. We analysed the information from the interviews in reference to our theoretical framework and in this way we could trace several problems in the organisation of the transition process. One of the problems is the difference between mutual expectations and real actions of core actors in the transition process. Another problem is the duality of the process: on the one hand the intention to act planned and coordinated and on the other hand plans and actions of individual actors. The final part of the thesis formulated recommendations for improvement.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:43 environmental science
Programme:Environmental and Energy Management MSc (69319)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/77474
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