The future of energy in Súdwest-Fryslân

News - 28 February 2020 - Webredactie

The municipality of Súdwest-Fryslân has different visions about the role of energy in the future. The municipality wishes to involve citizens’ advise in their energy plans. To achieve this end, the municipality decided to work together with the TU Delft and conduct a Participatory Value Evaluation (PVE). PVE is a suitable method for evaluating citizens’ preferences in the energy transition and can be used by the municipality to get more insights.

Niek Mouter, one of the founders of PVE, said the following about citizens’ participation: “The Climate Agreement stated that involving citizens is crucial for a successful energy transition. Citizens’ participation can lead to better decisions, because they can provide knowledge that experts are not aware of. Moreover, good participation can lead to support and acceptance by citizens of municipalities’ and the government future plans.”

In the context of Súdwest-Fryslân, the PVE is used to learn about the values and considerations of citizens. This way the municipality can learn more about what citizens find important and what expectations and future they see concerning the generation of energy. 

The first steps for creating a PVE for the municipality of Súdwest-Fryslân will be taken on Saturday 7 March. On this day, citizens will have the opportunity to think about several scenarios about the future role of energy for the municipality, which will be used as a foundation for the PVE. In April the citizens are invited to participate in the PVE webtool.

For more information about this day, click here.

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