This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N° 784960.
Financial, technical and social innovations are essential prerequisites for a successful transition from fossil fuels to renewable energies (RES). In order to balance demand with a volatile energy supply and to increase acceptance of new technologies like smart meters, it is necessary to build new energy infrastructure and motivate consumers to change their consumption habits.
In this context, consumer (co-)ownership in RE has proven to be an essential cornerstone to the overall success of energy transition. When consumers acquire ownership in RE, they become prosumers, thus generating a part of the energy they consume. Like this, they are reducing their overall expenditure for energy.
At the same time, consumers receive a second source of income from the sale of excess production. Hence, positive behavioural changes in energy consumption can occur.
“Prosumer” models, however, are still not widely implemented across Europe, and the participation of women and social groups prone to fuel poverty is still rather uncommon: So far the typical “prosumer” is male, middle aged and has a higher income.
The aim of SCORE is to facilitate co-ownership of RE for consumers first in three pilot regions in Italy, Czech Republic and Poland - and later also in various other follower cities across Europe.
SCORE hereby particularly highlights the potential this democratic participation model holds for the inclusion of women and low-income households. The participation of these under-represented groups as prosumers through financial empowerment rather than social protection is a core element in the fight against energy poverty.
We are therefore formulating policy recommendations at the EU and national level to promote prosumership with a particular focus on the inclusion of women and low-income households and the removal of barriers for consumers to become active market players.
Our approach is to apply Consumer Stock Ownership Plans (CSOPs), utilising established best practice RE projects updated by inclusive financing techniques.
As the particular focus of the project lies on vulnerable groups affected by fuel poverty that are as a rule excluded from RE investments, effective and innovative engagement actions are tailored to their needs. The participating local and regional authorities as well as existing local energy projects receive legal and technical advice for a tailor-made participation model.
These models are based on best practice examples, receive support for engaging local stakeholders as well as the public, and engage in a peer-to-peer exchange with other public authorities active in the project and visible as forerunners in RES in Europe.
SCORE implements innovative prosumer RE investments in three European pilot communities: the Susa Valley (Italy), the city of Słupsk, (Poland) and the city of Litoměřice (Czech Republic). In these pilot municipalities, an existing renewable energy project at community scale is extended to include local consumers and citizens with the active involvement of the local government body.
- Center for the Study of Democracy
- Climate Alliance
- Consorzio Forestale Alta Valle Di Susa
- Cooperativa La Foresta
Start date: 1 April 2018 - End date: 31 March 2021