These days, a great many municipalities are switching from fossil fuels to renewable sources of energy such as sun and wind. This undertaking is complicated and requires everyone to do their part. Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen is facilitating cooperation between municipal authorities, businesses and residents through its We Energy game. The Province of Utrecht has purchased the game and is making it available to 26 municipalities within its jurisdiction. By doing so, it hopes to help municipal authorities reflect on the energy transition.
The We Energy Game is intended to help everyone involved make smart choices. Game participants work to make a fictional city or town energy-neutral and, in doing so, learn about the consequences of their own decisions. The game was developed under the auspices of the professorship in Communication, Behaviour & the Sustainable Society of the Energy Research Centre at Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen.
Wind turbines can offer a city an effective path to energy neutrality. However, what do you do if your residents are opposed to wind turbines? This type of issue must be considered by players within the game. The players represent differing interests based on all kinds of roles: manufacturers, legislators, residents and grid operators, to name a few. During the game, participants are made aware of one another’s interests and the necessity of effective cooperation.
Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen is contributing actively to the energy transition through the game. In addition to the We Energy Game for municipalities and provinces, Hanze UAS offers a package aimed at private citizens as well. The products, which include Speur de Energieslurper (Tracking down energy guzzlers), Check je Warmtelek (Checking for heat loss) and Is je CV OK? (How does your boiler rate?), help people to gain insight into their own energy consumption.
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