mPower – Municipal Power

Cities learning for fair, clean & democratic energy

When it comes to managing the energy transition the need for municipal level innovation has never been clearer. In recent years we have seen some successes, where innovative ideas have led to more equitable, just and democratic energy policies. However, the sharing of these ideas has been limited, and they have tended to remain local and specific. To achieve large scale, replicable success we need a coordinated and integrated approach for collaboration and knowledge-sharing. Enter: mPOWER

The mPOWER project and consortium are funded by the Horizon 2020 EU Research and Innovation programme and involves seven partner organizations. The project started in May 2018 and will last four years.

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Best Practice Guides

These guides capture the knowledge and experience of municipal officers participating in the mPower Exchange programme and is relevant for anyone with a role within a municipality. Whilst no single project can be replicated in full elsewhere, we believe other cities can draw inspiration from these experiences to create solutions suited to local context and conditions.

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Building Public Power: Municipal Manual for Energy Transitions

We cannot afford to wait for the market to deliver the fundamental transformation of the energy system that we need. Instead, public authorities must take the lead. This does not mean a return to top-down planning and bureaucracy. By democratising governance, fostering citizen participation and by collaborating with trade unions, cooperatives and other civil society organisations, public bodies can deliver just and democratic energy transitions.

🔟 take-aways for building public power transitions backed up by best practice examples from municipalities across #Europe

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Soon the mPOWER project comes to an end so it’s time to wrap up all the learning about the #energytransition!

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Boosting the energytransition in Kronenberg

In Kronenberg, a small 450 household strong village in North Limburg, southeastern Netherlands, the energy transition is underway. It is being driven forward by the enthusiasm and commitment of EnergieKronenberg, a citizen collective. EnergieKronenberg started as a working group within the local municipality but since mid-2018 has been an independent collective with a close relationship with the municipality. The group has one municipality member on it, and they reached out to mPOWER to work alongside them. The collective currently consists of 15 members and volunteers. 

Co-criação de Comunidades de Energia em Portugal: o papel das autarquias

Exemplos concretos são uma forma de motivar as pessoas a transformar a realidade mais próxima de si, ao perceberem que boas ideias se podem tornar em boas práticas. É por isso que o terceiro evento regional do projeto H2020 mPower se concentrou nos resultados e nas questões da Energaia (a agência de energia que representa 7 municípios do sul da Área Metropolitana do Porto), que já tinha estado presente no evento anterior.

Co-creation of energy communities in Portugal – the role of municipalities

Concrete examples are a way of motivating people to transform the reality that’s closer to them, when they realize that good ideas can become good practices. That is why the third regional event of the H2020 mPower project focused on the results and topics raised by Energaia (the energy agency representing 7 municipalities in the south of the Porto Metropolitan Area).