ECCO - Creating new local Energy Community Co-Operatives


Project Summary

Policymakers want to unlock Renewable Energy (RE) to meet their GHG reduction targets. Currently, they can only turn to the establishment of energy producers to realise their objectives. These traditional actors are slowly becoming interested in RE but are very reticent to share socio-economic benefits with the local communities concerned. The result is a growing public resentment (NIMBY) and a failing market for RE.

Characteristically, RE allows for distributed production and for involving local communities. Bio-Energie Dörfer in DE are the best proof of this: actively involving local communities in their RE production is a feasible way to address the failing RE market. Especially rural areas and farmers offer the physical and social resources needed for a decentralised, community based approach to providing RE.

However, emerging local community initiatives are presently facing barriers. They lack adequate knowledge (of finances, technology, marketing, and management), which prevents them from becoming reliable RE providers. Numerous policymakers have indicated, therefore, that an effective exchange of knowledge is needed to speed up the RE transition.

  • We aim to accelerate the growth of local Energy Community Co-Operatives (ECCOs), both in effectiveness and in numbers. We will achieve this by bringing ECCOs together and linking them up with relevant sources of knowledge from around NWE to overcome the barriers they face at present.
  • We will inspire policymakers and community groups to initiate their own ECCOs,
  • We will facilitate their initiatiation and development processes. By designing and establishing a transnationally connected Accelerator Network (AN),
  • We build the organisational structure that secures that the support activities are continued after the project has ended.

The large number of policymakers and organisations that have already signed up as associated partners to this project are seen as a first testimony of commitment to the results we want to deliver.

We start off bottom-up with the combined experience and best practices of 9 existing ECCOs spread around NWE. The transnational work of these pilots will function as 'beacons' for us during the project period and beyond to inspire policymakers and prospective ECCOs.

We will reach and engage 50 new ECCOs during the project, each producing at least 600 MWh RE on average, reducing GHG emissions by 7.500 tns/yr in total. The tangible demonstration of this potential will encourage other policymakers to adapt their policies in favour of ECCOs (20 policies expected in 10 years post project).

REScoop originated as an H2020 thematic EU network for mostly larger RE coopertives. The AN will make them well equipped to reach out to individual local ECCOs. This results in 500 additional ECCOs in 10 years post project, bringing the GHG reduction total up to 150.000 tns/yr.

Events

European Citizen Energy Conference - 23/24/25 of April 2020 - Frankfurt am Main

23-04-2020 - 25-04-2020, Frankfurt am Main

Communities and people across Europe are coming together to learn from each other. The citizen energy community network wats to join forces to build together Euope's furure energy ... Read more

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News

Greenhouse Gas tool

Posted on 01-04-2020

ECCO partners in Cork Institute of Technology have developed a greenhouse gas (GHG) calculator. Read more

ECCO is growing, but is hampered

Posted on 12-11-2019

An update of the ECCO-project Read more

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Project Partners

Name Contact Name Email Country
Cork Institute of Technology Ger Kelly ger.kelly@cit.ie Ireland
Philipps-Universität Marburg Markus Hassler hassler@staff.uni-marburg.de Germany
Stichting Streekhuis Het Groene Woud W Thijssen wthijssen@brabant.nl Netherlands
South Kerry Development Partnership Ltd. Seán de Buitléar sdebuitlear@skdp.net Ireland
REScoop.eu Dirk Vansintjan dirk.vansintjan@rescoop.eu Belgium
Energies Citoyennes en Pays de Vilaine Edgar Wolf edgar.wolf@wanadoo.fr France
Agrobeheercentrum ecokwadraat Bart Schoukens Bart.Schoukens@agrobeheercentrum.be Belgium
LochemEnergie (Coöperatie UA) Tonie Tekelenburg tonnie.tekelenburg@lochemenergie.net Netherlands
Zuidelijke Land- en Tuinbouworganisatie Aniek de Jong aniek.de.jong@zlto.nl Netherlands
The Green Valleys (Wales) Community Interest Company Christopher Blake chris.blake@thegreenvalleys.org United Kingdom

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