Local citizen initiatives and transitions to energy sustainability

Tineke van der Schoor, Bert Scholtens

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Abstract

The energy transition requires the transformation of communities and neighbourhoods. It will have huge ramifications throughout society. Many cities, towns and villages have put together ambitious visions about how to achieve e.g. energy neutrality, zero-emission or zero-impact. What is happening at the local level towards realizing these ambitions? In a set of case study’s we investigate the following questions: How are self-organized local energy initiatives performing their self-set tasks? What obstacles are present in the current societal set-up that can hinder decentralized energy production?
In our cases local leadership, vision, level of communication and type of organisation are important factors of the strength of the ‘local network’. (Inter)national energy policy and existing energy companies largely determine the ‘global’ or outside network. Stronger regional and national support structures, as well as an enabling environment for decentralized energy production, are needed to make decentralized sustainable energy production a success.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventSB13: Sustainable procurement in urban regeneration and renovation - Conference Centre Lasaretti, Oulu, Finland
Duration: 21 May 201325 May 2013
Conference number: 13
http://www.buildup.eu/en/events/sb13-oulu-sustainable-procurement-urban-regeneration-and-renovation-northern-europe-and-north

Conference

ConferenceSB13
Abbreviated titleSB13
CountryFinland
CityOulu
Period21/05/1325/05/13
Internet address

Keywords

  • energy transition
  • society
  • sustainability
  • decentralized energy production
  • energy neutrality
  • citizen groups
  • energy initiatives
  • sustainable energy
  • prosumers

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    van der Schoor, T., & Scholtens, B. (2013). Local citizen initiatives and transitions to energy sustainability. Paper presented at SB13, Oulu, Finland.