Amsterdam is transforming a former industrial neighbourhood into a low-carbon, smart Positive Energy District with mixed uses. In this district, new energy efficient buildings are being built, a high share of RES generating solutions is installed and smart technology is deployed for optimising local energy balance and sharing between different users. In Amsterdam, far-reaching smart urban solutions are facilitated through a special derogation from Dutch energy laws, exempting the PED from a number of potential legal obstacles that could otherwise hamper or even forbid the development of an innovative efficient energy system. This derogation enables those to whom it is granted to experiment with highly innovative solutions, such as the ‘Local Energy Market Platform’, that enables energy communities to efficiently exchange electricity and balance the local energy system.
Inhabitants are involved in the design of the environment (e.g. the car sharing facilities) and evaluations of the various demonstrators.