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About us

New Energy Coalition is a network and knowledge coalition that is committed to a smart and successful transition to the sustainable energy system of the future, in the Netherlands and the rest of the world.

Comprehensive knowledge coalition

New Energy Coalition was created in 2017 when three renowned energy institutes merged: Energy Academy Europe, Energy Valley and Energy Delta Institute. This created a comprehensive coalition of knowledge and educational institutions, companies that play a key role in the energy transition and governments.


Foundation Board:

  • Max van den Berg (Chair)
  • Henk Pijlman (Hanze University of Applied Sciences)
  • Peter den Oudsten
  • Ulco Vermeulen (Gasunie)
  • Jouke de Vries (University of Groningen)


  • Marieke Abbink-Pellenbarg (CEO)
  • Owen Huisman (CFO)
Visual illustration of the Governance New Energy Coalition

Founding fathers and strategic partners

Our founding fathers play an important role in New Energy Coalition. The University of Groningen, Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij (NAM), Energie Beheer Nederland (EBN), Gasunie and GasTerra have been involved in New Energy Coalition from the outset and have helped determine our course. We also have various strategic partners.

Connecting knowledge and people

Our roots are in the Energy Valley, in the north of the Netherlands, and we now have a key position in the national and international energy networks. We are experts in connecting knowledge and people. Our position enables us to the possibility to identify and grasp opportunities, both in education and in business. We involve governments in this, so that they can feed their points of view with available innovation.

Breakthroughs for energy transition

We interconnect parties. This leads to breakthroughs that are necessary for the energy transition to succeed. We encourage joint activities and use our organisational strength to drive energy projects forward, moving towards an integrated approach.

Five themes

By approaching the transition on the basis of leading themes, anyone who wants to contribute to it can easily join in. The five main themes that currently guide our approach are:

  • The North Sea as an energy region
  • Industrial transformation
  • The Green Hydrogen Economy
  • Local energy systems
  • Greening of the gas system

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