Governing regional energy transitions? A case study addressing metagovernance of thirty energy regions in the Netherlands

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Abstract

There is increasing scholarly and policy attention to energy transition at the regional scale. This perspective article presents empirical insights from the Netherlands, a frontrunner that has been experimenting with, formulating and scaling regional energy strategies to thirty ‘energy regions’, with the goal of these regions contributing to the national climate goal, including but not limited to 35 TWh of solar and wind energy. The research question is: What insights can be taken from the governance of regional energy transition in the Netherlands? Results reveal six issues that require the attention of policymakers: the trade-off between topdown and bottom-up; transparency in costs and benefits; lack of governing capacity; fit with current institutional frameworks; systemic efficiency and optimisation; and fair participation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-117
JournalEkonomiaz
Volume99
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • climate policy
  • metagovernance
  • multilevel governance
  • energy transition
  • regional governance

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