On the one hand, there is a marketplace for energy suppliers, where you as a citizen can buy or sell your energy. On the other hand, local exchange, for example with your neighbour, will soon also be possible. This creates a dynamic energy landscape. Especially within cities, where there is a lack of space, energy exchange can be used creatively.
Take a look at apartment buildings now. Place solar panels on top of these buildings, and afterwards the energy calculation can be made within a local, closed group. After all, energy exchange is purely virtual. After doing the math you can answer the questions, who consumes and who produces energy? Then you can see who has to pay, or who is earning. If we deal with this innovatively and develop feasible business models around it, this could be a huge opportunity for our energy system. Technology can be the engine of innovation and create a win-win situation for all stakeholders.
"These new ways of energy distribution are not only good for our Earth, they enable citizens to consciously deal with energy generation or consumption."
A real cutting edge trend is the so-called local energy communities or microgrids. These are communities cut off from the rest of the energy grid. These communities are self-sufficient. This can work well within a cohousing project, where sustainability and sharing culture are already the basis anyway. These new ways of energy distribution are not only good for our Earth, they enable citizens to consciously deal with energy generation or consumption.
Technology as a tool for sustainability
Technology therefore enables us to meet the increasing energy needs in an innovative way, in combination with ever-increasing flexibility. All this leads to a more sustainable future for people and the Earth, where energy generation and exchange is accessible to everyone.