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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.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/waste management/energy efficiency

Call for proposal

H2020-EE-2017-CSA-PPI
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Funding Scheme

CSA - Coordination and support action

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)

EC BREC INSTYTUT ENERGETYKI ODNAWIALNEJ SP ZOO
Poland
EU contribution
€ 124 187,50
Address
Fletniowa 47B
03 160 Warszawa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CLIMATE ALLIANCE - KLIMA-BUENDNIS - ALIANZA DEL CLIMA e.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 198 000
Address
Galvanistrasse 28
60486 Frankfurt Am Main
Activity type
Other
CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF DEMOCRACY
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 134 187,50
Address
Alexander Zhendov Street 5
1113 Sofia
Activity type
Research Organisations
POLITECNICO DI TORINO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 174 187,50
Address
Corso Duca Degli Abruzzi 24
10129 Torino
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CO2ONLINE GEMEINNUTZIGE BERATUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MIT BESCHRANKTER HAFTUNG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 219 875
Address
Hochkirchstrasse 9
10829 Berlin
Activity type
Other
PORSENNA O.P.S
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 97 562,50
Address
Bystricka 522/2
140 00 Praha 4
Activity type
Other
LA FORESTA SOCIETA' COOPERATIVA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 96 375
Address
Regione Polveriera 2
10059 Susa
Activity type
Other
MIASTO SLUPSK
Poland
EU contribution
€ 96 625
Address
Plac Zwyciestwa 3
76 200 Slupsk
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
MESTO LITOMERICE
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 108 687,50
Address
Mirove Namesti 15/7
412 01 Litomerice
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
CONSORZIO FORESTALE ALTA VALLE SUSA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 91 062,50
Address
Via Pellousiere 6
10056 Oulx
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
DEUTSCHER CARITASVERBAND EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 115 437,50
Address
Karlstrasse 40
79104 Freiburg Im Breisgau
Activity type
Other
AMICO SOCIETA COOPERATIVA SOCIALE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 55 375
Address
Via Casato Vicendone 17
10040 Almese
Activity type
Other
FEDERACJA KONSUMENTOW STOWARZYSZENIE
Poland
EU contribution
€ 55 375
Address
Ulica Ordynacka 11 Lok 1
00 364 Warszawa
Activity type
Other