It is time to end fuel poverty.
It is time for more local energy.
Let's tackle both at once.

The worrying number of 50 million Europeans suffering from energy poverty calls for innovative solutions. The POWER UP project will promote the emergence of local energy market players with a socio-ecological agenda. Why? Because energy services can be provided at the local level while addressing energy poverty. Those social entrepreneurs will engage vulnerable households to co-design new business schemes around renewables production and energy efficiency.

The implementation

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).

Project timeline

Long term market players with social agenda

Sept 2021 - Aug 2022
Exploring energy poverty
mitigation via social
market player
  • Analysing buildin capacity
  • Energy poverty business model
Mar 2022 - Oct 2023
Innovative social governance
and co-creating with
vulnerable households
  • Engaging inventing
  • Strategies workshops
Aug 2022 - Oct 2023
Collective action for
sustainable energy
  • Defining financing
  • RES production business case
Aug 2023 - Dec 2024
pilot projects
  • Enlarging mitigating

  • Communication community

Sept 2024 - Aug 2025
Scaling local pilots
and replicating
  • Evaluating leveraging
  • Recommandations guides

Energy poverty mitigation and renewable energy production go hand in hand

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.

Expected impact

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. 

This may involve
energy poor consumers
and lead to at least
EUR 0 million
investment in sustainable energy before the project end.

Project team

POWER UP pilots
and in-country experts:

Supporting Partners

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.