Succesful conference on local energy initiatives

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Conference topic

When local energy initiatives take on complex projects: Insights from research on governance, networks, and socio-technical innovations

Over 25 scholars attended this one-day event that was marked by the diversity of approaches to the study of local energy initiatives. In the course of the day, it became clear that the intricacy and layeredness of these energy intiatives require us to sharpen our conceptual tools. Forms of organisation, dynamics of governance, the diversity of meanings attributed to participation and the complex legal and economic playing field in which these projects develop were all brought into the spotlight by the various speakers.

A follow-up event aimed at stakeholders from the projects and at policy-makers is planned for the Fall.

Organising committee:

  • Henny van der Windt, Science and Society Group, University of Groningen
  • Tineke van der Schoor, Noorderruimte, Hanzehogeschool Groningen
  • Fleur Goedkoop, Department of Sociology, University of Groningen
  • Anne Beaulieu, Energysense, University of Groningen

Topic of the conference:

The event brings together scholars from different disciplines around the topic of how energy initiatives take on complex projects. Around this central topic, a number of issues and lines of research are relevant, among them the following:P1000828

  • Governance of initiatives
  • Interactions between initiatives and local, provincial and national government
  • Technologies for bottom-up initiatives
  • Social and technical innovations and local energy initiatives
  • Processes of scaling up and stabilisation in the energy transition
  • Support for new energy sources when put forth by local initiatives

You can find the full programme details here.

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