What can I replicate?
Our best practices are based on the experience of energy communities and collective actions from 7 pilots (in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Estonia, and Greece). We want to help you apply the lessons learned, grow your energy community / collective action, and create examples that can be further replicated as well. Meet our pilots:
is an emerging energy cooperative in Austria operating a peer-to-peer marketplace for RES electricity generated by its members. It promotes collective financing, citizen engagement, and addresses two different customer segments: private homeowners with solar PV, and communities of citizens financing solar, wind, and biomass projects.
t offers a software and hardware solution for electric energy services of residential thermal appliances, unlocking cost-effective energy storage and allowing for the integration of more renewables through aggregation. Its retrofit solution for existing water and space heaters results in direct energy savings for residential customers. The pilots selected here include communities of social housing apartment buildings.
provides energy brokerage, guidance, advice, development, and structuring of solutions that reduce the energy bill to residential, commercial, industrial, and public consumers through a better balance between production and consumption. The pilot sites in 4 cities include mostly social housing, but the services are open to all residential clients, public as well as commercial buildings.
is an energy agency located in Tartu, Estonia, providing services to citizens, SMEs, and municipalities. The pilot area is connected to district heating and comprises a range of residential buildings needing renovation. A cooperative approach has been designed for energy that is scalable towards the whole district with similar housing blocks and replicable to several Eastern European countries with similar districts.
In Hindelang, the cooperative EWH
was founded in the 1920s by citizens for their village’s electricity supply, now counting 330 members (including SMEs and the municipality). EWH puts a strong emphasis on local sustainable energy production (close to 100% RES), organizes energy supply to ca. 5.000 inhabitants, and operates the grid. Now they strive for more efficiency, to use excess electricity for heat pumps and electric vehicles.
is the largest independent electricity retailer, and a rapidly developing natural gas supplier in Greece, owning a customer portfolio consisting of more than 150 000 subscribers. The target for the DECIDE pilot includes 200 electricity consumers with real-time power meters for consumption and 15 electricity prosumers with real-time power meters for consumption and production from local RES (net metering).
offers a unique retrofit solution for the automation of legacy gas-based heating systems. The system brings several advantages to end-consumers, including improved heating efficiency (up to 40%), smart and remote control, improved comfort, and direct participation in flexibility aggregation services. Through DECIDE, 50 residential end consumers of HERON’s portfolio are covered, while exploitation will focus on more to come.