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Solar Magazine: “Dutch Minister Wiebes: ‘Grid operators do not have to compensate citizens for switching off solar panels’ ……….”

Solar Magazine: “Dutch Minister Wiebes: ‘Grid operators do not have to compensate citizens for switching off solar panels’ ……….”

An article that you should be well aware of.

In any case, it shows that local home/neighborhood electricity storage is becoming increasingly important.

It is also important to register solar panels in time.

According to Solar Magazine: “The grid operators have recently renewed the website energieleveren.nl. This has also changed the way in which owners must register their solar panels with their grid operator. Dutch Minister Wiebes asks consumers to register on time: ‘It is an obligation in the Electricity Network Code for consumers and companies to report the installation of solar panels. That is why I call on private individuals to always contact the network operator in advance to obtain the most up-to-date information. The network operators depend on these signals to be able to take into account any necessary adjustments at an early stage.’….”.

Read more ….

CROW: sustainability score municipalities

CROW: sustainability score municipalities

For several years, CROW (*) has been maintaining a sustainability dashboard with a ranking of Dutch municipalities. Sustainability is based on several factors, including charging infrastructure.
(*): CROW is an independent knowledge platform; click here for more information.

CROW states: “The sustainability score gives an indication of the sustainability of mobility in municipalities.”. Good to read this and reflect on the current situation in the municipality concerned. Read more …..

NKL: The Dutch National Agenda for Loading Infrastructure (NAL) is part of the Climate Agreement

NKL: The Dutch National Agenda for Loading Infrastructure (NAL) is part of the Climate Agreement

It states that by 2030 all new cars must be emission-free. This means that 1.9 million electric passenger vehicles will be on the road. To be able to load them, an estimated 1.7 million charging points are needed. In addition, strong growth is expected in electric transportation. The agreements laid down in the NAL must ensure that the loading requirements of all these vehicles can be met.
Read more …. (Dutch version only).

Energy Commons Institute (ECI)

Energy Commons Institute (ECI)

On Friday, October 25, an event was held in Groningen (NL) with the theme “Doing Things Together”. The event was organised by the new Energy Commons Institute, and was hosted by the Centre for Vocational Training “Leerbouwen”.
More than 150 attendees saw different organisations sharing their knowledge and experiences, in interactive sessions, with respect to sustainable solutions in the build environment.
A gas-free central heating boiler was introduced at the end of the event; applied in a new heating system (> 500kW) which has been installed on the roof of “Leerbouwen”.
For further information we refer to the ECI website; www.eci.institute/en.

NB. Leerbouwen has been established for people with and without distance to the labour market. In close cooperation with the business community, municipalities, UWV, Werk in Zicht and employment agencies, they provide customised training courses. Read more ….

SAGE & UC Berkeley: Young Global Entrepreneurs compete to drive business innovation

SAGE & UC Berkeley: Young Global Entrepreneurs compete to drive business innovation

Teenage entrepreneurs were coming to the University of California-Berkeley on August 7-12 to take the stage in a worldwide entrepreneurship competition; read more ….

Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship (SAGE).
SAGE is an international network that links secondary school student organizations to mentors from local universities and businesses. Its purpose is to create a global community of teenage entrepreneurs sharing a common purpose: to make the world a better place. Under the direction of university student mentors, teenage SAGE teams create commercial and social ventures in an ethical and socially responsible manner.

SAGE Global is an international non-profit organization dedicated to teenage entrepreneurs who make the world a better place from the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. The first and most important goal is to end extreme poverty, according to the UN “the greatest challenge of our time”. There are also goals about health, education, clean drinking water, sustainable energy, less inequality and tackling climate change. SAGE wants to offer young people with a global vision the opportunity to contribute to this. This has become a worldwide success. The SAGE program has been extensively tested and is already running very successfully in 20+ countries.

Last week the country teams (25 countries) were competing against each other on the main stage in San Francisco during the SAGE Global Awards. The Netherlands participated for the first time this year and was represented by a team of three teenage entrepreneurs (Ilse, Lineke and Thijn), coaches (Tine and Bram). The Dutch “Energy Commons” team has been working towards SDG 7 goal #2 through setting up an Energy Common in Groningen, the Netherlands.

SAGE Netherlands works together with The Institute for Future of Living (IFL), Jong Ondernemen/VNO-NCW and SDG Nederland.
Tine van Heerikhuize and Bram Reinders will bring the SAGE competition to the Netherlands and Europe. Via this route a big compliment to Tine and Bram for their leadership and coaching. Investment in our young generation is so essential.

We have been proud to have co-sponsored the Dutch SAGE team participating at the SAGE Global event in San Francisco.

Natural gas-free residential areas

Natural gas-free residential areas

We would like to draw the readers’ attention to recent information from the Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations regarding the “Analysis of project proposals (click here)” and the “Evaluation of pilot projects for natural gas-free residential areas (click here)”.
We would also like to refer you to the EnShared website.

Court of Amsterdam (publication 12-4-2019) has rejected a renovation proposal from a local housing corporation, to make apartments “zero on the meter homes”

Court of Amsterdam (publication 12-4-2019) has rejected a renovation proposal from a local housing corporation, to make apartments “zero on the meter homes”

Read more (text is in Dutch language) …..

We will closely follow this development.

In any case, it confirms our position that sufficient transparency and independent information is required for residents (owners and/or tenants) to be able to make good choices.
EnShared and Zonatlas are therefore affiliated and active with the national Coalition ‘Samen Duurzaam Doen” (translated: Doing Sustainability Together), and they work closely with the “Institute for Future of Living” (https://instituteforfutureofliving.org/).

More information will follow.

Institute for Future of Living

Institute for Future of Living

Thijs Aarten was in Curaçao on business from January 16-22, including participation (on behalf of EnShared and Zonatlas) in the Bon Bini Business Summit which was held in Willemstad from January 20-22, 2019. The summit was led by our Prime Minister Mark Rutte. Thijs Aarten was part of the “Institute for Future of Living (IFL)” team that investigated various areas of interest, including sustainability of the built environment. He is Strategy Counsel IFL; for more details about the IFL, see: https://instituteforfutureofliving.org/

For a link to summit, see: https://www.gobiernu.cw/nl/nieuws/persberichten/succesvolle-bon-bini-for-business-summit-krijgt-nog-dit-jaar-een-vervolg/

And for an update about the launch of Smart Cities Roadmap; see: https://instituteforfutureofliving.org/2019/01/official-launch-smart-city-roadmap-in-curacao/