18 Sep

 Supporting the development of energy communities: which role for local and regional energy agencies?

Are you a local or regional agency/organisation willing to support energy communities? On September 18th, from 11 to 12, join us online to get an […]

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Walking on sunshine

Walking on sunshine

Local renewable energy stories harvested at Energy Cities’ Annual Forum

09/07/2024

What better place than sun-filled Valencia, to talk about community-driven renewable projects! What better group of people, than the hundreds of city-makers that gathered in this dynamic Spanish city for Energy Cities’ Annual Forum End of June.
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It’s all in one spot: One-stop-shops

It’s all in one spot: One-stop-shops

Go-to places for energy community advice

14/06/2024

Citizens and businesses may have the motivation to reduce their energy bill or to produce their own electricity. Often enough, though, they don't know where to start, where to funding, which technologies to use. The first and best step is to meet an impartial expert who can guide and advice. The people working at Urban Innovation Vienna, the climate and innovation agency of the Austrian capital, recently shared their experience of setting up and running their "One Stop Shop".
Interviews
Inside an emerging heat community

Inside an emerging heat community

Interview with Olaf Heinen, 50 Tinten Groen Assendorp

06/06/2024

This is the story of humans who find common ground in the heat transition. It’s a wonderful example and it gives hope in times where […]
Interviews
Inclusive power: Changing how we think about cities and energy access

16/05/2024

Some say the energy transition is a great opportunity to create a more equal society. Others are more pessimistic and predict that the transition will […]
Advocacy
Driving the transition: Community Power in National Energy and Climate Plans

Driving the transition: Community Power in National Energy and Climate Plans

Who is the front runner? Who is lagging behind? Find out in this new briefing!

17/04/2024

The European Community Power Coalition has undertaken the effort to assess the (draft) revised National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs), which are comprehensive strategies for Member States to contribute to the EU’s Climate ambition.
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Citizens’ panel: an intense democratic experience

16/04/2024

In good Brussels lingo, we speak of the “Energy efficiency first principle“. This must be applied in all policies so that “only the energy that […]
Interviews
Energy communities are changing the mindset and could trigger a rural revival

05/03/2024

Carlo has 16 years of experience in distributed renewable energy systems in Europe and in developing countries. He shares some of that experience in this episode, with a special focus on the incredible power of energy communities. I particularly enjoyed listening to him when he talked about the potential of a rural revival.
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Forget Tinder, use The Tool:  First ever asset match-making tool for cities and citizens out now

Forget Tinder, use The Tool: First ever asset match-making tool for cities and citizens out now

Centrepiece of the brand-new accreditation scheme for municipalities

14/02/2024

The search for the one and only, the life-long partner, can be long and difficult. But why not having several ones and meeting them online? Don’t get us wrong: we’re talking about city-citizen partnerships. Now, there’s the LIFE LOOP matchmaking tool that can spark new connections and collaborations between municipalities and community groups.
Interviews
“Now we have a great chance to take over a part of the world, where we used to be slaves.”

31/01/2024

When Michal Svoboda talks to Mayors about new eneergy practices he demonstrates both, endurance and creativity. This Czechman who used to work for the leading big energy company is now a fervent advocate of local renewable energy. Michal is an energy consultant and involved in several municipal networks. He also participated in the recent creation of the very first Czech Union for energy communities.
Publications
Inclusivity guide for energy communities

Inclusivity guide for energy communities

Bring a diversity of perspectives, profiles and ideas to your community energy project!

15/01/2024

Many community energy initiatives are struggling (for different reasons) to become more accessible to a broader segment of society. This guide will help you include […]

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FEEL

FEEL

Frugal cities through Energy Efficiency and Low-tech communities
FEEL

How can you do more with less? European public authorities have to meet increasing demands, but with less money. Thinking bigger, the problem is also […]

Energy Communities Repository

Launched by the European Commission, the Energy Communities Repository aims to support and monitor energy communities’ activities across Europe, within the framework of a just […]

LocalRES

LocalRES

Empowering local renewable energy communities for the decarbonisation of the energy systems
LocalRES

LocalRES project will deploy innovative local energy systems driven by renewable energy communities for a fair energy transformation that puts renewable energy into the hands […]

SCCALE  20-30-50

SCCALE 20-30-50

Sustainable Collective Citizen Action for a Local Europe
SCCALE  20-30-50

Sustainable Collective Citizen Action for a Local Europe (SCCALE) 20-30-50 intends to bring Europe closer to its citizens by fostering the creation of energy communities, […]