Energy communities for collective self-consumption: frameworks, practices and tools

A bilingual English-French conference/webinars organised by the University of Grenoble-Alpes and PUCA ( Plan Urbanisme Construction Architecture). The conference will unfold online in the form of a serie of webinars as of June 15. 27 communications across 8 sessions are planed until September 15.

Renewable and recovered energies are increasingly mobilized at the building, village or city level. At the same time, “energy communities” are emerging at the initiative of citizens with the support of local authorities, associations or companies. These transformations are reshaping spaces, institutions and norms governing energy networks, housing or cities and are pushing stakeholders to act. The aim of this multidisciplinary conference is to update and compare the framework, practices and tools of energy communities, which are considered here as local mediation between production and consumption. Expected communications could concern : actors coordination, energy systems regulation, effects of and on inhabited or transformed spaces, and multi-actor methods and tools. In addition to human and social sciences analyses (economics, sociology, urban planning, political science, etc.), we also expect proposals from design sciences.

June 15

  • 10:30–12:00 >> Opening session
  • 14:00 –15:45 >> Session 1: How regulations are shaping energy communities

June 16

  • 10 am – 12 pm: How do production/supply/sharing energy communities emerge and develop?
  • 2 pm – 4 pm: Which skills and tools  to support energy communities?

June 23

  • 10 am – 12 pm: Opportunities and impacts of digital technologies for energy communities

June 30

  • 10 am – 12 pm: How do community energy design and urban processes fit together?

July 7

  • 3 pm – 4:45 pm: Do community energy projects reshape practices of inhabitants, professionals or local authorities?

September 8

  • 10 am – 12 pm: From tool development/spreading to living energy community project

September 15

  • 10 am – 12 pm: Consumers’ role in the design and management of energy systems: from the individual to the collective

See detailed programme



From 15 June 2020 to 15 September 2020