"Our municipality has ambitious plans for enhancing sustainability in gas and electricity. Maybe even a little too ambitious. We had to scale back our objectives for 2020 to 2024. Various projects have been initiated, but the start-up phase is taking longer than we had hoped. Also, it’s sometimes hard to get public support.
Ensure that they're not just good intentionsRuud Guyt, Alderman, Municipality of Sittard-Geleen
In 2017, we worked together with Enexis Groep to define our power supply demand in the built-up area and outlined the consequences this would have on buildings and infrastructure. This helped: from now on we only want to focus on the most effective measures or projects. Incidentally, I think it’s a massive task for a grid operator to advise every municipality. They don’t have the ‘mental map’ of the different municipalities. For instance, the municipality of Sittard-Geleen believes in heat grids, as it’s ‘proven technology’. But also because a heat grid, like the one in our municipality, contributes substantially to reaching our CO2 objectives. This is why we developed The Green Grid, a sustainable heat grid that can sustain as many as 12,000 household equivalents in our municipality alone. Together with large-scale solar power projects, this will enable us to discontinue the use of gas.
We expect Enexis Groep to use resources traditionally allocated to the gas infrastructure in Sittard-Geleen, to now realise sustainable alternatives. And ensure that they are not just good intentions. Here too, it’s important to make clear agreements. But what you can show in practice is even more important."