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Community Energy for Energy Solidarity

Objective

Energy poverty is getting more and more poignant around Europe. According to the latest pan-European report by the EU Energy Poverty Observatory, 37.4M people were unable to keep warm in 2018, 33.8M had arrears on their utility bills, and 19% of households reported being uncomfortably hot during summer.
Despite this issue being mainly addressed from the public policy perspective through measures that range from alleviation using social tariffs to subsidies to household refurbishment or purchasing energy efficient appliances, civil society plays a very significant and growing role.
Communities have found different ways of getting together to fight energy poverty. Solidarity is the cornerstone of all these initiatives which have huge potential for replication. Renewable energy cooperatives (RESCOOPs) are the most democratic and oldest form of energy community: groups of citizens that get together in a democratic manner to achieve energy resilience, independence and sustainable energy generation and use.
The CEES project identifies and analyses the most successful cases of community energy initiatives to tackle energy poverty in Europe, validates them academically and empirically, supports the overcoming of regulatory and financial barriers, and then creates a toolkit for EU replication through RESCOOPs network of +3000 energy communities, a formula which has proven very successful in the past.
CEES will facilitate the adoption of behavioural and energy efficiency measures in households, create financial and non-financial support schemes to address energy poverty and empower community leaders (and organizations working in adjacent areas such as financial advice, health care or even fire and police services) to identify and deal with energy poverty, establishing quick and responsive networks. We expect to reach more than 19 000 energy poor households and trigger 2M€ of sustainable energy investment with savings of over 7,5 GWh/year.

Call for proposal

H2020-LC-SC3-EE-2020-2
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Coordinator

SNAP! SOLUTIONS, LDA.
Address
Rua Sao Nicolau 73
1100 548 Lisboa
Portugal
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 224 125

Participants (9)

ENERCOOP
France
EU contribution
€ 220 387,50
Address
Quai De Loire 16-18
75019 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ARGYLL, LOMOND AND THE ISLANDS ENERGY AGENCY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 192 375
Address
Albany Street, Lorn House
PA34 4AR Oban
Activity type
Other
ZELENA ENERGETSKA ZADRUGA ZA USLUGE
Croatia
EU contribution
€ 164 250
Address
Bukovacka Cesta 110
10000 Grad Zagreb
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 286 215
Address
Edgbaston
B15 2TT Birmingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
COOPERNICO - COOPERATIVA DE DESENVOLVIMENTO SUSTENTAVEL CRL
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 185 750
Address
Rua De Sao Nicolau 73 2 Esq
1100-548 Lisboa
Activity type
Other
RESCOOP EU ASBL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 245 000
Address
Avenue Milcamps 105
1030 Bruxelles
Activity type
Other
ACT 4
France
EU contribution
€ 143 625
Address
8 Rue Pierre Girard
75019 Paris
Activity type
Other
REPOWERING LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 167 500
Address
Blue Star House 234 240 Stockwell Road
SW9 9SP London
Activity type
Other
LES 7 VENTS
France
EU contribution
€ 170 750
Address
25 Rue Du Docteur Guillard
50200 Coutances
Activity type
Other