Joining forces for a sustainable neighbourhood
Smart Solar Charging and Stedin
Solar energy, electric cars and smart charging stations: three ingredients for a revolutionary energy system in the Utrecht city district of Lombok. There, the Smart Solar Charging consortium is going to set up local energy system in a radically different way.
Together in the customer’s home
Quby and Eneco
Quby wants to offer households an insight into their energy consumption. Eneco wants to help customers to use sustainable energy more economically. The two came together in Toon, the smart thermostat. This gave them both an ‘in’ with the customers. At the end of 2013 Eneco acquired an interest in Quby, and expanded that to 100 per cent in 2015. Having Eneco as a shareholder gave Quby the financial elbow-room to be able to carry out its ambitious plans with Toon.
The client’s clients connect us
NS and Eneco
It was a pretty daring idea: wouldn’t it be brilliant if Dutch rail operator NS could run its trains on 100% sustainable energy? This dream will actually become reality, perhaps even by 2017. Energy partner Eneco is supplying the NS with sustainable energy from wind farms, which have been or will be built specially for the rail operator. The energy contract, agreed for ten years with the NS and almost the entire Dutch rail sector, is the second-largest megadeal in worldwide terms.
Large and small working together
LochemEnergie and Eneco
Generating and using sustainable energy locally, and saving energy – these were the objectives of LochemEnergie when it was founded in 2011. And now, five years on? It has four solar generating plants which together supply the energy needs for a hundred households. Residents have also gained a better insight into their consumption, which has produced a behavioural change: 15% of energy usage has been saved from that alone.
Strengthening the connection with our customers
In the fall of 2015, I was invited to a meeting of a group of people who had taken the initiative to enhance the sustainability of a city district of The Hague. We were sitting at the kitchen table, drinking coffee and tea and eating homemade cookies. It had started with the ideals of a few people. Currently, there are 300 solar panels in this district. This meeting is characteristic of an important development.