Last week, our partners from Energize Co2mmunity came together digitally in 5 days of learning, exchange and planning 🤓.
We hosted workshops in communication psychology, social media and storytelling and laid the basis for our communication steps in the coming months. In the transnational pairing meetings, the pilot projects from Germany & Latvia, Finland & Estonia and Lithuania & Denmark talked about their individual status quo and how they want to work together.
We are looking forward to sharing more details about the progress of our pilot pairings with you soon!
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.
In the hopes that the Christmas Holiday is a restorative break – we wish you a Merry Christmas and a safe and healthy New Year 2021.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.