Local energy systems challenge: How to organize local collaboration for the creation of energy systems?

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The climate crisis and current energy prices are stimulating a rapid shift from gas to electricity. This shift is happening quicker than expected and therefore has caused grid congestion.

Optimalization of local energy usage, production and exchange is important for tackling grid congestion. It can also stimulate the usage of sustainable energy resources and lower the costs of energy. However, optimalization requires intensive collaboration between local stakeholders. It also requires them to take the common good into account instead of their self-interest.

Properly organizing these types of collaboration on the local level is therefore very challenging. There is a need of creating a (as far as possible) standard approach with best practises and collaboration between the government, grid managers and the local communities. Alliander and Liander have therefore made an appeal for collaboration with the other Amsterdam Smart City partners.

Project phase

Hannah Hogenkamp and Loes Hoefnagels from Alliander introduced the challenge to the Amsterdam Smart City network during the Co-creation event on the 7th of November, 2022. Together with a big group of partners we discussed the main question, sub themes, whether we needed a case study and what kind, possible next steps and the involvement from the partners. During the Transition day on the 1st of December we worked on the concretization of the challenge and a deepened our insight into the desired process. We established a shared definition of local energy systems, discussed the required characteristics of the case study and decided on a possible area for this case study.

What is the goal of the project?

The goal of the project is to gather best practises on stimulating and organizing collaboration for the optimalization of local energy systems.

What is the result of the project?

Local energy systems play an important part in the energy transition and in tackling grid congestion. An overview of best practises, case studies and effective collaboration between the required parties will make it easier to support the optimalization of more local energy systems.

Who initiated the project and which organizations are involved?

It is not yet clear which partners will continue with the challenge. However, a broad group of Amsterdam Smart City partners have shown interest in this subject.

Next to Alliander, the following partners have attended the first two sessions about the challenge:

  • City of Amsterdam,
  • The province of Noord-Holland
  • Port of Amsterdam
  • Amsterdam Economic Board
  • AMS Institute
  • Hogenschool van Amsterdam (HvA)
  • Royal HaskoningDHV
  • Kennisland
  • Marineterrein
  • Eurofiber
  • Waag
  • Cenex
  • Deloitte

What is the next step?

Alliander is creating a project proposal. This proposal will be discussed with a select group of Amsterdam Smart City partners.


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Jessica van der Plas

@Adriaan van Eck We will continue posting updates about the challenge on the platform! The upcoming Data dilemma's event on the 16th of March also focusses on this subject. See you there?