Workshop: Local Communities and Social Innovation for the Energy Transition

Policies and Targets
Technology and Standards
Economics and Financing
Behaviours and Social
Energy Service Companies
Buildings
Urban Areas
Products
Industry
Transport and Mobility
Energy Generation and Distribution

 

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Local communities have a huge and often neglected potential for the development of social innovation initiatives that can foster the energy transition. This disregard is mainly due to how current research and policy approaches dealing with this transition mostly aim to substitute technologies and change individual behaviours. In this way, they miss taking into account the huge opportunities generated by jointly dealing with supply and demand, notably by a more democratic and holistic re-organisation of (energy) production and consumption practices and, more in general, of social practices related e.g. to mobility, shopping, eating, housing, etc.. Despite the usually quite limited energy impact of single initiatives, community-led social innovation initiatives can contribute to exploit this potential in important ways. They can overall foster decarbonisation on the large scale through innovation actions that are highly diversified and that can in principle flourish all around the world even without being specifically designed to target energy production and consumption.

The workshop aimed at a) studying the local communities’ social innovation potential for the energy transition under both a theoretical and practical lens and b) formulating policy and research recommendations allowing better exploiting this potential.

Event Presentations: 
Setting the Scene
Speaker(s): 
Nicola Labanca (JRC, Ispra, IT)
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Opening Session
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Workshop Structure and Objectives
Speaker(s): 
Nicola Labanca (JRC, Ispra, IT)
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Opening Session
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Panel 1: Community Innovation for Sustainable Energy: Theoretical Lenses
Speaker(s): 
Sabine Hielscher (Univ. of Sussex – UK)
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Plenary Session
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Panel 1: Local energy communities and their Social innovation Potential for the Energy Transition in the EU
Speaker(s): 
Josh Roberts (REScoop.eu)
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Plenary Session
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Panel 2: Pooling Economy, Tech Justice and Urban Experimentalism for a Human Rights-based Approach to the Sharing Economy
Speaker(s): 
Christian Iaione (LUISS University, IT)
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Plenary Session
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Panel 2: Community Energy as a Commons
Speaker(s): 
David Hammerstein (Commons Network)
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Plenary Session
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Panel 2: Against and with the Wind: Local Opposition to and Support for the German Energiewende
Speaker(s): 
Fritz Reusswig (Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, DE)
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Plenary Session
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Panel 3: Citizens Ownership and Multilevel Policies for an Energy Transition to 100% Renewable Energy Systems
Speaker(s): 
Frede Hvelplund (Aalborg Univ., DK)
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Plenary Session
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Panel 3: Non-hierarchic Polycentric Regimes Facilitating Intelligent Distributed Energy Systems – The Common-Pool Resource Nature of Renewables
Speaker(s): 
Maarten Wolsink (Univ. of Amsterdam, NL)
Event Session: 
Plenary Session
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Panel 3: Integrated Community Energy Systems
Speaker(s): 
Binod Prasad Koirala (Univ. of Twente, NL)
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Plenary Session
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Panel 4: Renewable Energy Communities and EU Legislation
Speaker(s): 
Jan Steinkohl (European Commission, DG ENER, Brussels)
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Plenary Session
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Panel 4: Representing Energy Communities Interests in EU Policy
Speaker(s): 
Dirk Hendricks (European Renewable Energy Federation, Brussels)
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Plenary Session
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Panel 4: Microgrids Integration and the Role of Distribution Systems Operators
Speaker(s): 
Nikolaos Hatziargyriou (National Technical University of Athens, EL)
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Plenary Session
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Panel 5: An Insight into Community Oriented Approaches in EU Demand Side Management Projects
Speaker(s): 
Anna Mengolini (Energy Security, Distribution and Markets Unit, Joint Research Centre)
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Plenary Session
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Panel 5: Opportunities and Challenges Associated with the Development of Local Energy Communities in Germany
Speaker(s): 
Sarah Rieseberg (Arepo Consult, DE)
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Plenary Session
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Panel 5: Community Energy in Italy: Lessons from Existing Evidence
Speaker(s): 
Chiara Candelise (IEFE Bocconi Univ., IT) & Gianluca Ruggieri (Insubria Univ., IT)
Event Session: 
Plenary Session
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Panel 5: Come Together – the History of Swedish Energy Communities
Speaker(s): 
Dick Magnusson (Linköping University, SE)
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Plenary Session
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Panel 5: The Case of Ghent Municipality
Speaker(s): 
Sofie Verhoeven (Ghent Municipality, BE)
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Plenary Session
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Panel 5: A Citizen Boosted Participative Process to Define Participation Spaces for Barcelona Energia
Speaker(s): 
Lourdes Berdié (Network for Energy Sovereignty – Barcelona)
Event Session: 
Plenary Session
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https://e3p.jrc.ec.europa.eu/events/workshop-local-communities-and-social-innovation-energy-transition
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