Municipal action, public engagement: routes to local energy ownership

When it comes to managing the energy transition the need for municipally-owned energy has never been clearer. In recent years we have seen some successes of local energy ownership. However, the sharing of these experiences has been limited, and they have tended to remain local and specific.

mPOWER focusses on how municipalities are managing the energy transition in a fair, clean and democratic way. 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. We will set up peer-to-peer learning activities, and strategise about energy governance, policy and technologies across the European municipal energy sector.

mPOWER is a 4-year programme that will enable in-depth, wide-scale and systematic city to city learning among at least 100 local public authorities.


Funding program

European Union Horizon 2020 EU Research and Innovation programme.


2018 - 2022



  • University of Glasgow (UK)
  • Transnational Institute (Netherlands)
  • IPE (Croatia)
  • University of the Basque Country (ES)
  • Carbon Co-op (UK)

Almada keeps track of its 2050 climate targets

City spotlight during the Portuguese EU Presidency

The Portuguese city, which is looked after by its giant Cristo Rei statue, has one big target in mind since the COP15 in Paris: to […]

Big strategies by small cities

Clever energy and climate actions in the South of Italy

By joining forces, the three Italian municipalities Palma Campania, San Giuseppe Vesuviano and Striano do big steps for actually being small municipalities .

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 […]