The Groningen city council wants thousands of homes in the neighbourhoods of Paddepoel and Selwerd to go gasless by 2022.
Translation by Traci White
The Groninger Internet Courant reports that the Ministry of the Interior has set aside 90 million euros for municipalities that are experimenting with ways to transition away from natural gas. The Groningen city council wants 1,000 homes in the neighbourhoods of Paddepoel and Selwerd to become testing grounds for going gas-free in the city.
Paddepoel and Selwerd are already undergoing infrastructure upgrades that would make them suitable testing grounds for gasless homes. WarmteStad, a utility company operated by the municipality of Groningen and the local water company, is planning to build a new heating network in the area. A neighbourhood heating cooperative is already in development in Paddepoel.
The 90 million euros will be allocated to 20 municipalities with experimental gasless testing grounds in October. Two towns in the province of Groningen – Ten Post and Glimmen – have also been put forward as potential test locations.