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Article from the Netherlands Knowledge Platform for Public Charging Infrastructure (NKL)

Article from the Netherlands Knowledge Platform for Public Charging Infrastructure (NKL)

Click here to read the article (presented in the Dutch language).

Early 2014 an enthusiastic group of people, representing private, public and semi-public sectors, came together, which resulted in the establishment of the ‘Netherlands Knowledge Platform for Public Charging Infrastructure for Electric Vehicles’ (NKL).

Since 2014, NKL provided relevant contributions to the public charging infrastructure for electric vehicles in the Netherlands and internationally. And I’m proud that I’ve been a member of this team.

With great pleasure I was a member of the Board of the foundation NKL for 6 years. This assignment came to an end after concluding my second and final term in November 2020. I’ll remain a strong supporter and ambassador of the foundation NKL, and wish the new Board and all NKL colleagues every success.

For more information, please refer to: https://www.nklnederland.com/

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Are electric cars just as safe as fuel-powered cars? And what are the safety aspects in closed spaces?

Are electric cars just as safe as fuel-powered cars? And what are the safety aspects in closed spaces?

Consultancy firm CE Delft concludes that electric cars are just as safe as cars which run on fuel.

Commissioned by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (“RVO”) and on behalf of the “Nationale Agenda Laadinfrastructuur (NAL)” (freely translated: National Agenda for Charging Infrastructure), CE Delft conducted a study. Read more ……

The safety of cars in closed spaces (parking garages) has also been examined. Parking garages in the Netherlands must comply with the 2012 Building Decree (Rijksoverheid, 2011). However, the safety conclusions are not yet clear when referring to the mentioned report. More information is expected in 2021. We keep a close eye on further developments.

G40-city network: 40 medium-sized municipalities in the Netherlands argue: “Overstimulation” is not an argument for phasing out the solarpanel netting-scheme (‘salderingsregeling’)

G40-city network: 40 medium-sized municipalities in the Netherlands argue: “Overstimulation” is not an argument for phasing out the solarpanel netting-scheme (‘salderingsregeling’)

Remarkable conclusions from a second opinion investigation carried out by the “Stichting Economisch Onderzoek (SEO)” (Economic Research Foundation) at the request of the G-40 city network.

According to the G40-citynetwork (translated from the original message in the Dutch language): “On 8 October, the Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate has submitted the bill on Phasing Out Netting Regulations for small consumers. With this law, one of the few measures that stimulates citizens to invest in local sustainable energy is pushed aside. The reason for the phasing out is the expectation of “overstimulation”. However, research commissioned by the G40-network shows that overstimulation by maintaining the scheme has not been demonstrated. The Minister bases his bill on various studies, including the evaluation studies conducted by PWC. Partly on the basis of this, the conclusion is drawn that there is “overstimulation” if the existing netting scheme continues to exist. The G40-network has asked SEO to conduct a second opinion on the PWC studies. Conclusion: overstimulation as a motivator has not been explained, demonstrated or substantiated. ”. Read more …..

A remarkable but also worrying conclusion. After all: everything must be done to stimulate residents and owners of buildings to proactively participate in sustainability. Installing solar panels is one of those solutions. The last thing we want are unnecessary hurdles.

To view the report, please click here.

Remark: The G40-citynetwork is the network of 40 medium to large cities in the Netherlands, who find each other in the various urban issues, facing the members of the network.

Warmtepompplein.nl (information portal on heat pumps)

Warmtepompplein.nl (information portal on heat pumps)

The consultancy firm BDH has entered into a partnership with EnShared in 2020. EnShared has taken over the Information portal Heat Pumps (Warmtepompplein.nl) from BDH.

This online portal is the place for consumers to obtain information about heat pumps in homes. Thanks to this cooperation, both organisations can contribute even better to make existing and new homes more sustainable.

In addition to the independent solar energy platform Zonatlas, EnShared is happy to help more home owners, via Warmtepompplein.nl, with their complex sustainability issues.

Links:

If you have any questions, please contact EnShared directly via email (roel.aarten@enshared.nl) or telephone number +31-88-6441717.

External views through smart benchmarking, then local action and also international cooperation

External views through smart benchmarking, then local action and also international cooperation

We must understand developments globally to become stronger locally.

Two particular references I would like to mention in this context. The conclusions, which one can draw from these statistics and overviews, are straightforward and I leave this up to the individual reader.

 

IEA: Energy Technology RD&D Budgets 2020

I can really recommend the reader to look at IEA’s Energy Technology RD&D Budgets 2020.

These overviews include data on budgets in specific IEA member countries and the database shows RD&D budgets and various indicators. One ought to be cautious when interpreting the absolute figures. Nevertheless, it shows the money being spent on national level and in which areas.

With compliments to the IEA who states on their website: “The complete IEA Energy Technology RD&D Budget Database can be accessed for free through IEA Data Services by logging in as GUEST. Please see the documentation, manual, or questionnaire for additional information.”.

For more information on this wealth of information provided by IEA, please click here.

 

Share of renewable energy in EU member states (source: Eurostat Statistics)

The “Eurostat Statistics Explained” provide useful and clear insights.

For instance, the Renewable energy statistics give the following results:

  • Share of renewable energy nearly doubled between 2004 and 2018.
  • In 2018, renewable energy represented 18.9% of energy consumed in the EU, compared with 9.6% in 2004 – the 2020 target is 20%.
  • The share of energy from renewable sources used in transport activities in the EU reached 8.3% in 2018.

If one views how the Netherlands is doing in all of this, the following results:

  • Netherlands takes last (27th) place in the graph presented by Eurostat on “Share of energy from renewable sources in the EU Member States (2018, in % of gross final energy consumption)” – click here.
  • A more positive picture for the Netherlands (4th place measured from the top) is viewed when studying the graph “Share of energy from renewable sources in transport (2018, in % of gross final energy consumption)” – click here.

As a Dutchman, but very much being the European and mostly the global citizen for ecological issues, I obviously want my country to do much better in what I’ve extracted from the Eurostat data. Hence, some of the key questions should be; why are the other countries doing ‘better’, and what’s hindering us from performing as requested? What can we learn from the top performers on our national, regional and local levels? These questions stimulate the international cooperation in large implementation projects. Where organisations from many countries with good diversity are participating. And once finished, we share the lessons learnt and best practices.

For more information on the Eurostat statistics, please click here.

Foundation Future Energy Systems

Foundation Future Energy Systems

The Foundation Future Energy Systems (hereinafter: FES) was established on August 14, 2020. FES aims to join forces within different sectors in the field of energy, area development and social innovation in order to contribute to a more inclusive, just and sustainable society. What motivates the foundation is collaboration and co-creation, learning from experiences, and allowing each other’s complementarity to work to the benefit of all. Decisiveness, with a strong support organisation. The core focus is supporting energy cooperatives and neighbourhoods and helping to set up energy commons. The aim of the Foundation is not to make a profit, and the ANBI status will be applied for. For more information, see: https://fes.institute/en/

The Energy Commons Institute (ECI) was established in October 2019. Due to advancing insights regarding the objectives and in view of the experiences of the past year, it was decided to rename the foundation and to discontinue the ECI foundation. This is in line with the ideas and activities of the social and sustainable innovations advocated by the initiators. This new foundation FES – like ECI – has an independent vision of technological developments that promote the energy transition. With today’s science and developments, a sharpened mission and new approach are in line with this. An example of the activities of the new foundation FES is the support of energy markets for the pooling of flexibility in which benefits flow back to households as much as possible. Another example is supporting the development of new technologies and software, based on Open Source principles, which are necessary to enable an affordable energy transition for households and companies. With this review, the new foundation fits in seamlessly with the recently presented vision of Europe: “Recovery and preparation for the next generation”; https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_20_940

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 ….