We live in a special time, which in many years may be seen as a turning point in our history. As you know, the energy transition has gained momentum. Out of good will, but also out of necessity. For or against: one way or another we are all confronted with the fluctuations in the energy market.
As a municipality, we see opportunities in this transition. That is why we facilitate and stimulate local developments. For example, Den Helder Airport is working on issues related to making aviation more sustainable, using new technology such as drones, and creating (new) escape routes. It's an example. We see all kinds of movements in our municipality that are aimed at a sustainable future. If successful, this will be good for our economic attractiveness and employment, among other things.
On the other hand, this time has challenges. The labor market is tight, the capacity of the power grid is low, inflation is high and we are struggling with the so-called nitrogen crisis. These are challenges that we can only tackle together. Collaboration between residents, businesses and government is essential. Especially in Den Helder, where the physical (expansion) space is also not infinite.
The energy transition has therefore gained momentum, but it is less clear where this river flows and how we get there. Opinions and expectations about this may differ. In our democracy, with freedom of expression, that is allowed. In every scenario, it is important that we keep an eye on public support and take all interests into account.
It is normal that one wants or can do faster than the other. This is the case with all transitions. As Den Helder, we need innovators who pave the way and propagate the potential of our municipality. But let's also keep looking for and finding each other internally.
JA (Jan) de Boer MSc.
Mayor of the municipality of Den Helder