The energy price crisis is creating fierce political debates over the block’s energy security with renewed pushes for centralised energy supply solutions such as hydrogen or nuclear energy.
This one-size-fits-all logic is dangerously pushing us towards sub-optimal investment decisions. The danger of de-zooming so much on the complexities involved with moving to a climate-neutral energy mix is that we tend to oversimplify the issue at end. This leads to short-sighted conclusions like the typical comment that renewable output being too unstable, we need back-up gas or nuclear facilities, period.
In my home country, the Netherlands, the involvement of local authorities mean energy supply is no longer a black or white question. It is rather a colorful patchwork of answers that depend on the local context and specificities.
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Stephan Brandligt, Deputy Mayor of Delft
December 10, 2021