Meet the Partners: The Province of Drenthe
The Energy Expedition
From an energy perspective, Drenthe wants to be fossil-fuel free, energy neutral and self-sufficient by 2040. To facilitate this ambition, the Province designed the ‘Energy Expedition’ programme in 2016, working together with all relevant stakeholders in the region. Processes in this programme are enabled by supporters, knowledge institutes and advisors.
The Energy Expedition is structured to include six ‘Acceleration Teams’ comprised of local and regional authorities, housing corporations, tenant organisations, energy co-operations, companies and an Energy Service Counter (Drents Energieloket). This service counter can be seen as a one-stop-shop for homeowners looking to retrofit.
Independent advice & guidance
The Drents Energieloket is a collaboration between the Province and 12 municipalities. Together they provide a service for private homeowners and ensure this target group finds its way on route to more sustainable, energy-efficient living. The Drents Energieloket provides a ‘map’ with free and independent advice, a step-by-step guide to financing tools, subsidies, installation companies and more. They also organize local meetings and collective purchasing actions (e.g. insulation materials and solar panels).
For more information (in Dutch) visit: https://drentsenergieloket.nl/
Sharing knowledge & experience
In Stronghouse, Drenthe will share a broad experience of loan schemes for energy renovations undertaken by individual homeowners, their neighbourhood approach, energy cooperative set-ups and good campaigning practice within the Energy Expedition. As partner, the Province of Drenthe believes the Stronghouse cooperation and exchange of knowledge will greatly benefit their existing methods and open up the market represented by individual homeowners to products, services and processes related to energy renovation. Drenthe also wants to implement new digital tools, empowering homeowners to asses the possibilities and impact of various renovations measures. Here again, other partners in our consortium have valuable expertise to contribute.
Supported through Stronghouse, Drenthe is ultimately aiming to make 6000 individual homes more energy efficient as part of their Energy Expedition.
You can find the Energy Expedition flyer in English here
Dutch readers can also visit: https://www.provincie.drenthe.nl/energieexpeditiedrenthe/