Democratic public ownership: free digital course on best practices

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The online course will enable participants to learn from cities that are leading the energy transition and provide plenty of opportunities to exchange municipal power experiences with other cities throughout Europe.

This course takes place in the framework of the mPower project in which Energy Cities is partner. Through city-to-city conversations we will be able to identify and share best practices that have led to more equitable, just and participative energy policies.

For a period of six weeks 30-35 participants will

  • have access to energy transition resources, videos and specialists
  • receive guidance to pull out best practices and key lessons to draft their own energy transition recommendations
  • advance public ownership over energy and
  • build lasting, active relationships with other municipalities.

There are three iterations of the course out of which you can choose: 

  1. April – May 2020
  2. September – October 2020
  3. February – March 2021 

The April course will start on Wednesday 1st April and run every Wednesday for 6 weeks, with the last session on Wednesday 6th May. 

The course times are 13h00 – 15h00.

Course language: English

The course structure will be as follows:

Setting the scene: understanding and evaluating alternatives to private renewable energy provision with highlights of best practice from Germany, Spain and the UK, among other places.
Changing and Reducing Energy Use: understanding and evaluating best practice from across Europe in changing and reducing energy use, including capturing and using waste energy, reducing household consumption, and reducing local authority consumption. Start to generate ideas to explore further in your municipality and get peer-to-peer feedback.  
Local and Renewable Energy Generation: highlights of best practice from Belgium and the UK, among other places, and an invitation to consider how you might escalate your municipality’s current sustainable energy targets in light of best practice evaluated. 
Innovation, Infrastructure and smart solutions: how can smart technologies facilitate decentralised citizen energy generation? What initiatives may be possible in your municipality?
Financing: how will you pay for the ideas you have generated in the course so far?
Leveraging Collaboration: creating partnerships for maximising impact and course close and evaluation. 

If you are interested in participating please complete this 5-minute survey.

Each online course runs for 6 weeks and will consist of 1 session per week. Participating in one of the three online courses requires 2 hours for the webinar, 1 hour for reading in your own time and a small weekly assignment to develop your own list of (policy) recommendations.

We invite participants to attend the course with a colleague, to ensure greater ease of dissemination and shared learning. Please ensure that you both complete the form. 

If you have any questions, please email