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FOSTERING SOCIALLY INNOVATIVE AND INCLUSIVE STRATEGIES FOR EMPOWERING CITIZENS IN THE RENEWABLE ENERGY MARKET OF THE FUTURE

Project description

Enhancing energy democracy

Energy democracy includes the process of switching from centralised to decentralised energy production and allowing for greater social participation. That transition will mark one of the most fundamental social, economic and technical changes in modern history. Focussing on the energy system of the future, the EU-funded SocialRES project aims to devise more effective ways of increasing social innovation, leading to greater social acceptability as well as more durable governance arrangements and socioeconomic benefits. SocialRES further aims to supplement the existing fragmented data on social innovations with new understandings from businesses, end users and stakeholders to provide a comprehensive evidence base for policy design. To achieve its goals, the project will employ innovative techniques.

Objective

Realising an accelerated expansion of renewable energy will require a switch from centralised to decentralised energy production and greater social participation, together known as energy democracy. The increase in energy democracy and social equity will be an essential part of the clean energy transition. A transition that could represent one of the most fundamental social, economic and technical changes in modern history.

The most common businesses associated with social innovation in the renewable energy sector are Cooperatives, Aggregators and Crowdfunding platforms. These businesses facilitate consumers to take a more active role in the electricity system. Achieving sustained growth in energy democracy requires a better understanding of support structures for successful social innovation across technical, legal and economic systems. SocialRES aims to devise more effective ways of increasing social innovation leading to greater social acceptability as well as more durable governance arrangements and socioeconomic benefits.

Through research excellence and co-creation of knowledge with relevant stakeholders, SocialRES will develop socially innovative and inclusive strategies for the energy system of the future. SocialRES will supplement the existing fragmented data on social innovations with new understandings from businesses, end-users and stakeholders to provide a comprehensive evidence base for policy design. The project will employ innovative techniques such as a Peer to Peer (P2P) crowd-investing for renewable energy sources (RES) projects, P2P lending and P2P virtual RES energy aggregator platform.

The SocialRES team combines partners from a range of disciplines together with industry expertise to develop a comprehensive understanding of the strengths and limitations of the current renewable energy system to foster social innovation and to shape a roadmap for a future, more innovative and equitable system.

Call for proposal

H2020-LC-SC3-2018-2019-2020

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Sub call

H2020-LC-SC3-2018-NZE-CC

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Coordinator

WIRTSCHAFT UND INFRASTRUKTUR GMBH & CO PLANUNGS KG
Net EU contribution
€ 302 500,00
Address
Sylvensteinstrasse 2
81369 Muenchen
Germany

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Bayern Oberbayern München, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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Other funding
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Participants (12)