Mapping and mobilising the invisible 

Join our sessions in Modena for insights on energy communities, energy poverty and anything in between

You think our articles and newsletters are fantastic, but you’d love to engage face-to-face with other city representatives and experts on local renewables energy perspectives? Our next Annual forum in the lovely historic city center of Modena is the chance to dive deep into decentralized and people-powered energy. 

Here’s a sneak preview of what we have designed for you! Make sure you register as soon as possible, selecting the Hub 3 sessions of Energy Cities’ inspirational day on Wednesday, October 18th

Wednesday 18 October 2023 

9:30-12:00 Energy for the invisible citizen: in search for lasting & fair solutions.  

In a less conventional format, we will bring together all those who are fighting energy poverty in their everyday work. You’ll have the chance to navigate with other city-makers through questions related to housing and health, renewable energy access, summer energy poverty, and gender. This first workshop with social impact hacker, will be followed by a fruitful flopcast: Together we will explore the mistakes and the respective lessons learned in the different EU initiatives and projects. Throughout the session, we’ll unashamedly suck knowledge from innovative EU-funded projects (POWER UP, WELLBASED, Cooltorise, Shape EU) on how to bring systemic changes to end energy poverty.  (view detailed program)

9:30 – 12:30 Developing energy communities in Italy by promoting collaborations between municipalities, citizens, SMEs – part 1

Capacity building on community energy for Italian municipalities, organised together with Confcooperative as part of SCCALE 203050 capacity-building series for Italian civil servants

This is a training upon invitation dedicated to Italian local governments who wish to level up their city-citizen collaborations around renewable energy projects! We will provide participants with experiences, guidance, and proposals for the creation of new energy communities. We will explore different ways to share renewable energy produced locally by promoting the active role of consumers, citizens and businesses in collaboration with municipalities.  

14:00 – 15:30 Developing energy communities in Italy by promoting collaborations between municipalities, citizens, SMEs – part 2 

Community building on community energy for Italian municipalities, organised together with the Municipality of Magliano Alpi

How did the city of Magliano Alpi develop its energy community? What challenges did its team encounter and how did it overcome them? Join this experience sharing session and benefit from the city’s experience and advice. 

16:00-17:30 The Map it Show! Treasure hunting renewable energy in our cities. 

For anyone who enjoyed geography at school and in particular working with maps, this session is for you. Anik Lehman-Tron from the Energy Management department of the City of Besançon will be using a huge map of the Planoise neighbourhood to illustrate the solar potential analysis they recently carried out with the French PV association HESPUL. You will learn how they are using the results to set up a self-consumption project with the ambition of transforming Planoise into an eco-district. This map will then be used for a generic exercise with all participants: you will identify as many possible potential public owned assets that could be linked to future community projects in a city. Anna Francis from Energy Cities will then talk about her experience of working for Frome municipality in the UK. How did they identify solar-fit public sites and involve a local cooperative in renewable energy projects? Anna will then conclude by introducing the asset-matchmaking tool that is being developed within the LIFE LOOP project. (detailed program soon)

Ready to go?  

Register now for Energy Cities’ inspirational day at our Forum in Modena!  

You want to get a glimpse of what the other Energy Cities’ sessions will be covering? Discover the full programme of Energy Cities’ Day in Modena. 

Don’t forget to sign up for all the other engaging and inspiring activities we have in store for you during the rest of the Forum: plenary sessions, networking opportunities, engaging tours of Modena, and even the train ride just for Energy Cities’ members! 

You may also be interested in attending Climate Alliance’s Workshop the next day: Municipal solutions for energy poverty – 19 October, 15:00 – 17:00 | Camera di Commercio Modena (English) Energy poverty is increasingly in the spotlight, but what can cities and towns do about it? Involving energy-poor citizens and enabling municipal staff on the road to a socially just energy transition is of the essence. Join the discussion and get inspired by real > Agenda