Understanding community energy action on energy poverty in the EU and UK
The Community Energy for Energy Solidarity (CEES) project want to find out more about what actions ECs and other community energy organisations (CEOs) currently take to address energy poverty, if any, and what challenges they face. Later in the project we will refine and share good practices for wider roll-out.
At present, energy poverty in the EU and UK is addressed primarily through public policy approaches. A positive aspect of the EU Green Deal is that it specifically acknowledges a central role for Energy Communities (ECs) in the clean energy transition.
The objective of the Community Energy for Energy Solidarity (CEES) project (www.energysolidarity.eu) - funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 101026972 - is to support ECs and their members to implement specific actions to reduce energy poverty and vulnerability within or beyond their own communities.
As a first step, Community Energy for Energy Solidarity (CEES) project want to find out more about what actions ECs and other community energy organisations (CEOs) currently take to address energy poverty, if any, and what challenges they face. Later in the project we will refine and share good practices for wider roll-out. To this end, the objective of this survey is to learn from a wide range of ECs and other CEOs across the EU and UK regarding their efforts to identify and engage with vulnerable households, and to implement actions to reduce energy poverty. It also wants to gauge interest among these organisations in keeping in touch with the project and potentially taking up some of the successful energy poverty actions identified.
For the purposes of this survey, it defines ECs and other CEOs as local collectives of individuals that tend to share values and ambitions relating to: supporting equitable, democratic and fair transitions towards more local, sustainable and efficient energy systems; establishing renewable and decentralised energy systems; assisting local community members with energy efficiency, demand reduction and energy poverty; or economic activity on energy for social and community benefit. These organisations are diverse in structure, size and scope.
CEES is pleased to invite all such organisations - whether currently working on energy poverty or not – to complete this survey. The survey should take around 20 minutes to complete.
The survey will be open until 30 November, 2021 and can be completed here.
If you have any questions about this survey, please contact:
Heleen Schockaert at firstname.lastname@example.org .