Five cities across Europe, from Spain to Czech Republic will act as “living labs”: each of them will experiment with innovative social governance and implement novel business models together with households affected by energy poverty.
The pilots: Eeklo (Belgium), Roznov pod Radhostem (Czech
Republic), Heerlen (The Netherlands), Valencia (Spain) as well as 4 municipalities in the Campania area (Italy).
Someone is considered to experience energy poverty when she/he cannot meet her/his energy needs at home, including heating, lighting, and cooking. Energy poverty has a number of drivers and causes, which can be context specific, differing between countries and regions. This can include poor energy efficiency of housing, high costs of energy bills and low household incomes. Energy-poor households are a heterogeneous group, with pensioners, single parents, people with disabilities, and those who get social benefits being among some of the most vulnerable.
One way to tackle the structural causes is to make sure those vulnerable people have the say and skills needed to make the right choices. That is why POWER UP will involve them in the design and delivery of energy services (energy efficiency and renewables) that are affordable and sustainable.
Project partners will break new ground by bringing energy poor households and local stakeholders on board (municipalities, social organisations, energy utilities, citizen energy communities etc.) for defining and implementing the most suitable social business model.
A Belgian municipality in the Flemish province of East Flanders, 21.500 inhabitants.
Ecopower cv is a citizen and renewable energy community since 1991. Our objective is to harvest part of the environmental energy together for our own sustainable use. Ecopower has more than 60.000 cooperative members in the Flemish region, 70% of the members has only one share of 250€. Ecopower gathers financial resources from as many cooperative members (shareholders) as possible and uses these funds to invest in renewable energy projects. Together we own 20 windturbines, small hydroplants, lots of PV-installations, district heating network, wood pellet factory.
Energy Cities is a large European city network that empowers cities and citizens to shape and transition to futureproof cities. Energy Cities’ community, composed of local leaders from thousands of cities in 30 European countries, showcases concrete alternatives deployed by cities. It also advocates change in political and economic governance at all levels. Overall, Energy Cities fosters a wide cultural change leading to a futureproofed society.
The University of Manchester is a higher education institution based in Manchester, UK. The University has a long history of world-leading expertise and research experience into the underlying causes, consequences and solutions to energy poverty.
Sinloc is a consulting and investment company with operations throughout Italy. It promotes the development of local public infrastructure providing advisory services, feasibility studies, direct investment in Public-Private Partnerships (concessions, project financing, etc.). Sinloc also facilitates access to EU funds and their efficient and sustainable use.