Online conference on entrepreneurship in energy communities

Online conference

6 December 2021 - 6 December 2021

Energy communities are all the rage these days. Since the EU decided two years ago to put citizens at the heart of Europe's energy transition, governments are working to develop national legislation to support citizens in setting up energy communities.

In order to be able to benefit from this wind of change, citizens need to be ready - ready to develop projects, financing plans, and to operate and develop their energy communities.

This online conference will help you strengthen your entrepreneurial skills, by learning from and exchanging with energy communities that have managed to take the step. In the different conference sessions, members of these energy communities will share useful skills they have acquired, and answer any questions you may have.

This conference is organised as part of the Interreg NWE ECCO project. ECCO has been helping set up and accelerate energy communities across North-West Europe for several years, resulting in more than 200 active energy communities.


Session 1: 6 December, 15h00-17h00

  • Introduction: ECCO, entrepreneurship and community-based virtual power plants
  • Example from France: WATTELCE methodology - A methodology focused on modelling the activity of an umbrella organisation for citizen energy projects (Florian Guillotte, 7 Vents cooperative)
  • CoopHub: Digital tools to manage energy communities (Eric BUREAU, Energie PartagĂ©e and Rene van Vliet, Econobis)

Session 2: 6 December, 19h00-21h45

  • Community-based virtual power plants: The case of the ELFE project (Nicolas Desruelles, EPV)
  • Energy trading between households: An example from the Netherlands (Tonnie Tekelenburg, LochemEnergie and Albert van der Meer, Hanzebox)
  • Discussion & closing remarks

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