Netherlands, Groningen

Global Energy Transition from Local Perspectives: 'Yes In My Backyard'

when 17 August 2017 - 25 August 2017
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 5 ECTS
fee EUR 700

The Groningen Energy Summer School (GESS) 2017 takes an interdisciplinary approach to the societal and technological dimensions of the energy transition. By combining a broad range of disciplines, this event will offer a unique opportunity to PhD students to become aware of different aspects of energy transition, to develop novel insights, and to create synergy in approaches to the energy transition. The participants will attend lectures by specialists in the field, present their own and each other’s work, and play an active role in the discussions.

This 6th summer school in a highly successful series discusses energy transition ‘in your own backyard’. In the fossil fuel based energy system citizens and local companies play a passive role as consumers of fuels, gas and electricity. Renewables challenge this in multiple ways. The implications of renewable production tend to be contested, often in ‘not in my backyard’ (NIMBY) terms. Alternatively, households, companies and communities gain new opportunities to produce their own energy as active prosumers. This holds promises both in the Global North and in the South for ‘yes in my backyard’ (YIMBY) developments.

The existing energy system has to adapt. Most renewable technologies depend on a high number of relatively small production sites, while bottom-up initiatives create new institutional networks ranging from cooperatives to local energy companies. Grid operators, energy companies and governments have to adapt as is illustrated by the development of smart grids, new buffering technologies and changing energy regulations.

GESS 2017 highlights local perspectives on global energy transition. We will be sensitive to the wide range of ‘backyards’ around the globe, addressing differences between urban and rural areas across the world. How to map today’s and tomorrow’s energy landscapes? How are opportunities evaluated by companies and (local) governments? How do local changes interact with global institutional, financial and corporate decision-making?

By interaction between natural sciences, social sciences, engineering, the humanities, economics and law unique new insights will emerge, as the previous Energy Summer Schools have demonstrated.

Course leader

Prof. Jaap de Wilde
Dr. Christian Zuidema
Dr. Anne Beaulieu
Yara Marusyk
Agha Bayramov

Target group

This summer school is intended for PhD candidates / students.

Course aim

The summer school wants to explore the interrelation between new technological developments in the field of energy transition and existing social-economic and political practices. How to map today’s and tomorrow’s energy landscapes? How are opportunities and vulnerabilities evaluated by companies and governments? How to understand the dynamics between micro and macro networks in the production, transport, distribution and consumption of energy? What are the consequences for the alleged return of geopolitics? By interaction between natural sciences, social sciences, engineering, the humanities, economics and law unique new insights will emerge, as the previous Energy Summer Schools have demonstrated.

Credits info

5 ECTS
A certificate of attendance will be awarded.

Fee info

EUR 700: The fee (€ 700) includes:
•housing
•participation in the programme
•course materials
•coffee/tea
•excursion
EUR 400: The fee (€ 400) includes:
•participation in the programme
•course materials
•coffee/tea
•excursion

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