Decentralised energy systems and local energy communities can reduce grid congestion and thus play an important role in the energy transition. This requires the use of privacy-sensitive data in complex technical tools. The technology usually comes through commercial parties.

This brings up questions around inclusion, access and ownership. How to ensure everyone has access to the systems and is included in the process? Who owns the data? And is the data handled in a discrete manner?

The Local Inclusive Future Energy (LIFE) project is also dealing with these questions. The project tests smart planning for energy demand and supply through a smart energy exchange platform in Amsterdam ArenApoort. Reinier Prins from Alliander will tell us more about the LIFE project, give a demo of the platform and dive into the encountered data dilemmas. The LIFE platform uses a digital twin – an exact virtual replica of reality – to simulate the exchange of energy.

Second speaker Paul Strijp from the province of North-Holland, will elaborate on the conditions for responsible decision-making with digital twins in the energy transition.

The opportunities of digital twins are nearly endless, but what are the implications from a democratic point of view? Building on this, Julia Jansen from Waag will reflect on how we can benefit from energy data, whilst at the same time keep control over our data as a community.


  • Walk-in
  • Welcome and introduction by Amsterdam Smart city
  • Demo of LIFE project by Reinier Prins (Alliander)
  • Paul Strijp (Province of North-Holland) about the conditions for responsible decision-making with digital twins in the energy transition
  • Critical Reflection by Julia Jansen (Waag)
  • Q&A
  • Wrap-up and networking drinks

Admission to this event is free. Registration is required.

More information

Data Dilemmas is a collaboration between our programme Amsterdam Smart City and the City of Amsterdam’s Data Lab. Three times a year, they explore the possibilities for using data and new technologies to address urban and societal challenges, with a focus on responsible digitalisation. The goal is to use data to make cities more safe, clean and accessible. But what happens to all the data that is collected? Which dilemmas do we encounter when we collect (personal) data to improve the city? These questions are important for everyone: governments, knowledge institutions, companies, and civil society. Amsterdam Smart City would like to explore which decisions are needed for a responsible use of data.

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  • Francien Huizing

    Programme Director a.i.

    Amsterdam Smart City




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