Power and local governments in the energy transition

19 februari 2021 16:00 t/m 17:00 - Locatie: Zoom - Door: Social Innovation in the Energy Transition | Zet in mijn agenda


Cities around the world are gearing up to play a major role in climate change mitigation. And municipalities play an important role in the Dutch energy transition. However, concrete results, like significant emissions reductions, and information on key performance, as expected from cities committed to mitigating climate change, are often conspicuously absent. However, it is unclear whether they have enough governing capacity to fulfil this role and thus can formulate and implement new policies successfully.

A study was performed by PBL (Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency) assessing how the performance of local policy on energy transition can be improved by improving governing capacity. To do so, a survey was conducted, operationalising governing capacity, and assessing relationships between governing capacity and policy output. The results of the study showed that governing capacity, its preconditions and energy transition policy output differ largely between Dutch municipalities.

Key-note speaker:

Kees Vringer

Kees Vringer works at the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL) as senior policy researcher on sustainability issues. He is specialised in the effects of behavioural policy interventions. Currently, he is running studies on the effects of smart meter feedback on energy requirement of households. Furthermore, he works on the operationalisation of legitimacy of transition policy and engagement of citizens in the energy transition.


Thomas Hoppe

Thomas Hoppe has a PhD in Public Policy from the University of Twente (2009). He works at TU Delft as Associate Professor per 2016. His research line is about governance of energy transition, focusing mostly on low carbon cities and regions, and community energy.