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ENERGY CITIES' PROPOSALS FOR THE ENERGY TRANSITION OF CITIES AND TOWNS

2.2 Identify local energy potential in order to live within our means
Knowing our territories’ resources and flows

The problem at hand

We have become used to just plugging our equipment in without considering where the energy comes from or who the decision-makers are. This is really convenient. However, this “Plug and Play”’ attitude has a cost. At the global level, it comes up against fossil resource limitations and climate constraints and is a source of geopolitical tensions. At the local level, this attitude tends to make consumers, citizens and local and regional authorities feel less responsible by breaking the link between energy and territory.
This has not always been the case. In the past, territories and their inhabitants were extremely cautious in the way they managed their few scarcely available resources, i.e. local energy sources. Priding ourselves on modernity, we gradually abandoned the knowledge of our territories’ energy potential from the sun, the wind, water, ground and underground heat, free heat, wastewater, waste and biomass.
Territories must rediscover their hidden treasures in order to secure their energy transition.

Proposal

Prepare a spatial inventory of local energy potential to support urban planning, building and retrofitting decision-making.
Integrating this data into mapping tools (GIS) will help planners, developers and town planners systematically take local potential into account, thus ensuring a balance between available resources in the territory and existing and future needs, as well as facilitating the implementation of local energy solutions.

Conditions for success

  • Having the many stakeholders, including citizens, take part in investigating the data, defining priorities and the way these resources are to be used.

  • Integrating the constraints linking the ecosystem and biodiversity so as to make cautious use of local renewable resources.

  • Finding the right balance between the use of local resources (to satisfy needs) and energy efficiency (to control needs).


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