New challenges require new solutions

New challenges require new solutions

On 7 May, we gathered a resource group with participants from the municipalities of Eidskog, Grue, Kongsvinger, Nord-Odal, Sør-Odal and Åsnes, together with local actors who represent knowledge and perspectives from industry, research, outdoor life, nature and biodiversity, preparedness, infrastructure , energy and power grids.

The aim of the workshop was to create many ideas, so that we have a wide selection of solutions to choose from, or take forward in collection 3. Then we will discuss what is needed, to ensure that all the solutions we need will help the Kongsvinger region reach its goal of being a region that is good to live in.


What is an idea?

An idea can be defined as a thought, concept or perception that can be expressed in the form of words, images or actions. It is often an abstract term that represents an opportunity, solution or vision for something new or improved. Ideas can be the basis of innovation, creativity and problem solving, and they can come from a variety of sources, including observation, reflection, experience and inspiration.

In workshop 2, the resource group worked on outlining ideas, measures and solutions for the power challenge in the region. Starting from the problem: We want to ensure good access to power for the industry, low electricity prices for people, with as little interference with nature as possible.


From theme and assumptions - to ideas that create action

How have we worked?

The participants were divided into seven different themes to generate ideas for solutions. These themes were summarized from workshop 1, where we mapped what is important in a future, sustainable energy system.

Part 1 was about what requirements we have to make central power grid and energy production:

  1. Nature-positive technology: New tools and mindsets for the value and protection of living nature.
  2. Green renewable energy: The next thing will not be the best all by itself
  3. Bureaucratic processes: The bridge between today's and the future's energy system is collaboration
  4. Flexibility in the grid: A robust power grid is not just about expanding more

Part 2 was about decentralized energy production, and what is needed to create this:

  1. Energy cooperative: Citizens can invest, create and collaborate on their own energy
  2. Agricultural electricity: The energy farmer harvests nature's resources to give us food and electricity
  3. Local energy cooperation: One company's surplus and waste is another's resource

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Discussion task 1
What solutions do we want in the future - what will it take for these solutions to contribute to achieving the region's goals?

  • Prerequisites, are there any additional prerequisites that need to be in place? Make notes on the sheet.
  • Work with ideas on how we can create or facilitate these prerequisites. Write on idea cards.

Discussion task 2

Our role as an actor to contribute to a sustainable energy system

  • What value do we create - for whom?
  • What is our social mission?
  • The leading expertise we can contribute with is…


The way forward

Based on the discussions in the workshop, we continue to work on summarizing ideas for measures to be prioritized in the next gathering, and form the starting point for a first outline of the strategy.

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