Participatory experimentation with energy law: digging in a ‘regulatory sandbox’ for energy cooperatives and homeowners’ associations in the Netherlands

Tineke van der Schoor, Esther van der Waal, Alexandra Das

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To facilitate energy transition, in several countries regulators have devised ‘regulatory sandboxes’ to create a participatory experimentation environment for exploring revision of energy law. These sandboxes allow for a two-way regulatory dialogue between an experimenter and an approachable regulator to innovate regulation and enable new socio-technical arrangements.
We focus on the Dutch Energy Experimentation Decree (EED) that invites homeowners’ associations and energy cooperatives to propose projects prohibited by extant regulation. In order to localize, democratize and decentralize energy provision, local experimenters can, for instance, organise peer-to-peer supply and determine their own tariffs for energy transport.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusUnpublished - 2019


  • energy transition
  • law

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