The Energy transition game is a game played on a map – searching for potential locations for windmills and solar fields - that guides an informal discussion abo
The region North- Limburg is working on a “Regional Energy Strategy”. Part of this strategy is to define potential areas for wind and solar energy. In the process to define these areas, participation from local council and stakeholders is necessary to get support for the realisation of your plans for wind and solar energy projects.
This game enables players to start with an open map and discus about the potential location for windmills and solar fields. The game starts with the assignment that each player has on generating renewable energy. Then players start together around the map with some scale made windmills and solar fields. Every participant can put a windmill or a solar field on the map and motivate his/her choice for the location. The map shows also the distribution stations from the energy supplier, the zones which are not able to put windmills or solar fields by legal requirements. This means that this game gives a good view on the potential areas for wind and solar energy. And by playing the game each participant gets a good overview from the opinions of the other participants (local council, energy cooperation’s, energy suppliers, farmers, industry, citizens and other environmental organisations).
This information gives the opportunity to work with stakeholders on a common view on the potential areas for wind and solar energy, which, afterwards can be translated into policy for wind and solar energy projects.

Resources needed

App. €5.000 to develop the specific game for the municipality.

Evidence of success

There is no real factual evidence. However, it is very important that stakeholders are a part of the process to come to policy for wind and solar energy. This game enables an informal discussion on the possibilities, which later can be used in the formal policy making process. The game is based on real facts, so it gives the opportunities to create a game situations which is very close to the real situation.

Potential for learning or transfer

These types of games are used by different municipalities in the Netherlands to prioritize the formulation of policy on wind and solar energy.

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Main institution
Limburg (NL),
Start Date
September 2019
End Date
November 2019


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