The transition from fossil to renewable energy sources is
in our view necessary, feasible and attractive. The 'Trias
Energetica' (energy saving where possible, maximum use of
renewable energy and the highest energy efficiency for the
remaining use of fossil fuels) may well go together with the
'Trias Economica "(innovation, economic 'green' growth
and the creation of new jobs).
Local energy initiatives by companies and citizens can make
a significant contribution to the energy transition because
decentralized energy is becoming increasingly competitive
with centralized energy and because local energy initiatives
are better capable to create the essential public support.
A consistent and stable government policy is important to
facilitate local initiatives and to balance those with the
development of the central energy infrastructure.
Reflection of our 'current' vision and an invitation to
in the Netherlands: A trend change is required for
the Netherlands to achieve its 2020 target of 16% renewable
energy. How do we go about and what can local energy initiatives
How will the true cost of electricity generation from
coal, natural gas, biomass, wind and sun develop in the coming
decades and what does that imply for the optimal mix?
How can our economy benefit from the opportunities offered
by the rapidly growing market of renewable energy?
What is technically and financially feasible and what can
the government do to stimulate?