Swedish paper reports on Co2mmunity project “Byn som tar makten över elen”

On the first of January the swedish paper “Landetsfria” published a lengthy article oncommunity energy in Sweden. It touches on Kalmar Energi’s investment in Nöbble and Törneby solar parks, which was part of the Co2mmunity research. You can find the full article in swedish here

A finding of the research was, that energy in Sweden is very centralised, meaning the incentives for citizens to intitiate community energy projects are comparatively low. What surprised Henner Busch, a researcher from Lund University, most about the project’s results was how many people get involved in such projects for idealistic reasons. 

Yet their advantages are not restricted to climate benefits. Among other things, local communities can reduce their energy costs, create local jobs, strengthen local cohesion, build a more positive identity and, in some countries, receive tax revenues.

You can read more about community energy in Sweden in our handbook

European Shallow Geothermal Days 2020: Danish Partner presents Termonet solution

On the 9th of December our partner from Middelfart (Denmark) will present their Termonet solution for single family houses. A chairman of the board, Søren Andersen, will present the concept at the “European Shallow Geothermal Energy Days” that take place on 4th, 9th and 11th December 2020. The event intends to connect policy makers, professionals, and scientists to discuss ways to promote the market uptake of geothermal heat pumps as well as underground thermal energy storage. Promising  concepts and good practices from all over Europe will be introduced. They share the common aim to “operate and manage shallow geothermal in an efficient and sustainable way“.

This virtual event is organised by the European Geothermal Energy Council (EGEC), the Renewable Heating and Cooling Platform (RHC-ETIP), GEOTRAINET aisbl and Geothermal DHC COST action, with the support of the GeoERA-MUSE project, EuroGeoSurveys, GEOCOND project and EHPA.

You will find all the informations here.

 

Danish paper reports on RENCOP Føns Nærvarmes

Føns Nærvarmes is a part of an citizen empowering project, where citizens are testing heatpumps balanced with biomass boilers. This is in Denmarks newest and smallest district heating – RENCOP. A system developed by citizens and owned by citizens. It is closely followed by research , Southern University of Denmark, and knowledge will be shared. It was also part of the Co2mmunity project.

As one of the citzens puts it : “We might find new solutions that empower other citizens to use a heatpump in their system – enabling possibility to get rid of oil boilers and other fossil fuels for heating.”

You can find the full article (in danish) here.

Paper published on urban community energy initiatives: An analysis of six case studies from the Baltic Sea Region

The paper was recently published in a special issue of Energy Policy dealing with the role of community energy initiatives in the transformation of urban energy infrastructures. Besides the policy recommendations, one of the most interesting contributions of this paper is the fact that it identifies strategies community energy actors can implement to overcome contextual barriers to citizen-driven renewable energy projects.

First Partner Agreement signed

The first Community Energy Partner Agreement has been signed between Sweden (Energy Agency of Southeast Sweden) and Estonia (Tartu Regional Energy Agency TREA).

The following agreements are in preparation:

  • Germany (Heinrich-Böll Foundation Schleswig-Holstein) and Latvia (Riga Planning Region and City of Marupe), status: signing in preparation
  • Estonia (Tartu Regional Energy Agency TREA) and Finland (Green Net Finland, Regional Council of Ostrobothnia, Thermopolis Ltd – Energy Agency of South Ostrobothnia), status: signing in preparation
  • Finland (Region of Helsinki-Uusimaa) and Denmark (Middelfart municipality), status: Partner Agreement in preparation

Final Online Conference on September 8, 2020

More than 70 participants from all over Europe attended our Final Online Conference on September 8, 2020, representing scientific institutes, energy agencies, citizen’s organisations, municipalities, and ministries. We highly value the trust among the partners, the good cooperation and great outputs.

Initially planned as a meeting in Jurmala, Latvia, we turned this meeting into an online conference, using the chance of thereby reaching a wider audience – with success.

The conference was finalised by a discussion about the role of community energy in the European Green Deal. Addressing this concern is still in progress.

Registration open: Final Online Conference – September 8, 2020

The registration for our Final Online Conference is open! Please register via this link. Have a look at the agenda or the information sheet.

After three years of successful Co2mmunity cooperation we will summarise our achievements and talk about the current status of community energy (CE) in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR). We will continue our cooperation in the follow-up project „Energize Community“, implementing pilot projects in the BSR, empowering the people producing and consuming their own renewable energy.

Reasons to Attend?

  1. Get to know practical tools and guidelines to foster CE projects in your region
  2. Learn about how to embed CE in renewable energy policies
  3. Exchange your knowledge and experience with researchers, technical experts, policy decision makers, CE stakeholders and citizens being prosumers
  4. Strengthen your transnational cooperation in the EU

Topics of Interest

We will state the current situation of CE in the BSR and visualise our RENCOP model to establish CE projects by real-life examples. The application of our roadmap, country specific handbooks, and tools for fostering CE projects will be illustrated. We will address our policy recommendations and put CE as an important pillar of the EU Green Deal in the focus of our panel discussion.

Who will join?

This final conference targets all CE stakeholders: Citizens, European & national policy makers and governmental institutions, actors and organisations active in the development of the CE sector.

Publication of Roadmap

We elaborated a Roadmap on how to increase community energy using the RENCOP model. This Roadmap filters down and combines the findings of our project into an informative and detailed report. Transnational cooperation highlights the importance of community energy (CE) as a core pillar of the Green Deal in the Baltic Sea Region. Therefore, the consortium of our project has established an organisational model called RENCOP, where the impact of citizen engagement in renewable energy production and consumption is clearly outlined. In essence, it will guide and encourage organisations to stimulate a higher production of renewable energies through energy-cooperative models and approaches, by setting up structures such as a RENCOP.

Furthermore, the Roadmap illustrates a participatory mobilisation process, with general and country-specific steps, in order to develop CE in regions and municipalities across the BSR and beyond: “The RENCOP model” addresses local and regional actors such as municipal climate managers, energy agencies and other BSR/EU-wide actors interested in promoting RE and CE.

Publication of White Paper

We have published a White Paper which contains policy recommendations for national-level policy makers in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR) to stimulate, support and promote community energy (CE) projects. Recommendations have been prepared during implementation and as one of the main outputs of the our project. The first part of the document provides a brief and clear overview of the definition of community energy. The second part focuses mainly on the existing policy framework for community energy and lists the main barriers and drivers that are currently affecting the development of community energy in the BSR. The final chapter provides policy recommendations to alleviate existing barriers and to make the policy framework more favourable to community energy projects. These suggestions have been developed over the course of almost three years during the our project.