Webinar “From setting up energy communities to making them thrive: what are the tools available?”

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Event date :
26 April 2022
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  • Are you setting up an energy community?
  • Would like to join one but don’t know where to find it or where to start?
  • You are part of a community energy initiative and want to find tools to help you develop, manage and grow?
  • You need to analyse potential business models and who are the stakeholders that would have to involved?

This event, organised by 9 projects funded by the European programme H2020 and working on the topic of energy communities, will showcase in an interactive manner 15 tools they are making available to people setting up / managing / growing energy communities: citizens, future and existing energy communities, policymakers, other projects / initiatives, RESCoops, etc.

Many EU projects work on the topic of energy communities and develop tools useful for various stakeholders at different stages of community energy initiatives and for different end goals (research, policymaking, business models, technology assessment, energy sharing etc.). This event will cluster 15 tools in 3 groups (which are also our event sessions), to make sure stakeholders know where to go when they have a need, based on which stage of developing a community energy initiative an actor is:

  1. Inform yourself – Prior to starting a community energy initiative – understanding the basic concepts, researching and information collection.
  2. Test your market, your ideas, technologies – Organising and planning a community energy initiative – testing the market, which technologies to use, which business model and legal framework and how others have been doing.
  3. Lets act – get people involved and grow – Growing and improving an existing community initiative – Getting more people involved, engaging different social groups, data and energy sharing, one-stop shops.

The workshop will present tools in a simple and easy to understand way, in a 3-min pitch format for each tool, ending each session with a discussion with you, the audience!

This will be an opportunity to have your voice heard, ask questions and give valuable feedback to the tools developers. W4RES, EC², BECoop, DECIDE, eCREW, UP-STAIRS, COME RES, NEWCOMERS have worked together for a few months and are glad to share the results of this collaboration with you. We are also glad to have POWERPOOR join us to present their Energy Poverty Mitigation Toolkit.

Join us – for the full event or only the part that interests you!

AGENDA (please note the agenda is still subject to change):

9.00-9.15 - Welcome and overview of all projects and tools, Marine Perrio - IEECP

9.15-9.30 - Keynote, Dimitris Tsekeris, Friends of the Earth Europe, chair of the Community Power Coalition

9.30-10.20 - Inform yourself - Panel moderated by Daniel Botha, ICLEI. 3min pitch per tool + open discussion.

  • Silvia Assalini, Knowledge Hub, a getaway for information, DECIDE
  • Kostas Dasopoulos, Support measures and case studies, W4RES
  • Iva Tajnsek, Energy literacy handbook, NEWCOMERS
  • Johannes Slacik, Business Model, GreenPocket App for energy efficiency and behavioural change, Innovative social engagement tools, split-incentives, cost savings, eCREW

10.20-10.35 - Coffee break

10.35-11.35 - Test your market, your ideas, technologies  - Panel moderated by Lucija Rakocevic, Th!nkE. 3min pitch per tool + open discussion.

  • Sebastian Zapata, Toolkit, BECoop
  • Sebastian Zapata, Self-assessment tool, BECoop
  • Johannes Slacik, Business model tool, digitalization, enablers and barriers, eCREW
  • Henrik Schapp, Digital platform, UP-STAIRS
  • Stavroula Pappa and Isabel Azevedo, Energy Community Platform, COME RES
  • Marilys Louvet, Gender audit, W4RES
  • Iva Tajnsek, our-energy.eu platform, NEWCOMERS

11.35-12.20 - Let’s act - get people involved and grow - Panel moderated by Silvia Assalini, ICLEI. 3min pitch per tool + open discussion.

  • Eleni Kanellou, Energy poverty mitigation toolkit, POWERPOOR
  • Yu-Yi Huyhn, Energy Citizenship Academy, EC²
  • Sebastian Zapata, E-market tool, BECoop
  • Yiannis Konstas, Knowledge Exchange Platform, BECoop 
  • Mona Bielig, Energy Community vision game, DECIDE
  • Marilys Louvet, Gender capacity building activities, W4RES
  • Johannes Slacik, Legal provision and Market conditions for energy communities in EU countries; Policy briefs for 2 EU countries and Turkey, eCREW

12.20-12.30 - Conclusions, Marine Perrio, IEECP (+ each moderator for a conclusion per panel)

Registration is now open!