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Supporting Consumer Co-Ownership in Renewable Energies

Supporting Consumer Co-Ownership in Renewable Energies

Objective

The transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy (RE) sources requires motivating consumers to change their consumption habits so as to balance demand with a volatile energy supply and to accept new technologies like smart meters. Consumer co-ownership in RE – “Citizen Energy” – has proved successful in engaging consumers in financing RES, thus becoming “prosumers” which in turn induced positive behavioural changes in energy consumption. “Prosumer” models, however, are still not widely implemented across Europe.

Guaranteed feed-in tariffs have facilitated the repayment of RE installation loans, but now a shift to auction systems favouring large-scale projects threatens this powerful incentive to citizens' investment. Moreover, the typical “prosumer” is male, middle aged and with a higher in-come whereas the participation of women and social groups vulnerable to fuel poverty is uncommon. The rebound effect and insufficient use of ICT solutions are additional problems.

SCORE

• Facilitates consumers to become prosumers of RE, firstly in three pilot regions in Italy, Poland and the Czech Republic, secondly in cities across Europe following the pilot projects. It applies Consumer Stock Ownership Plans (CSOPs) utilising established best practice up-dated by inclusive financing techniques and combined with energy efficiency measures.

• Activates local authorities and consumers demonstrating the positive impact co-ownership has on consumer behaviour. It shows the ability of this democratic participation model to include women as well as low-income households, in particular unemployed.

• Empowers consumers and municipalities in a capacity-building program through the launch of an interactive online “RE Prosumer Investment Calculator” and seminars in the five partner countries (DE, IT, BG, PL, CZ).

• Formulates policy recommendations to promote prosumership and to remove barriers for consumers to become active market players at the EU and national levels.
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Coordinator

STIFTUNG EUROPA-UNIVERSITAT VIADRINA FRANKFURT (ODER)

Address

Grosse Scharrnstrasse 59
15230 Frankfurt

Germany

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 421 687,50

Participants (13)

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EC BREC INSTYTUT ENERGETYKI ODNAWIALNEJ SP ZOO

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 124 187,50

CLIMATE ALLIANCE - KLIMA-BUENDNIS - ALIANZA DEL CLIMA e.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 198 000

CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF DEMOCRACY

Bulgaria

EU Contribution

€ 134 187,50

POLITECNICO DI TORINO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 174 187,50

CO2ONLINE GENUETZIGE BERATUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 219 875

PORSENNA O.P.S

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 97 562,50

LA FORESTA SOCIETA' COOPERATIVA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 96 375

MIASTO SLUPSK

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 96 625

MESTO LITOMERICE

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 108 687,50

CONSORZIO FORESTALE ALTA VALLE SUSA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 91 062,50

DEUTSCHER CARITASVERBAND EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 115 437,50

AMICO SOCIETA COOPERATIVA SOCIALE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 55 375

FEDERACJA KONSUMENTOW STOWARZYSZENIE

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 55 375

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 784960

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 April 2018

  • End date

    31 March 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.3.7.

H2020-EU.3.3.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 988 625

  • EU contribution

    € 1 988 625

Coordinated by:

STIFTUNG EUROPA-UNIVERSITAT VIADRINA FRANKFURT (ODER)

Germany