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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The state of European municipal energy transition: an overview of current trends

This report explores the state of energy transition within Europe’s municipalities, drawing on existing academic and non-academic literature, and primary data collection carried out as part of the mPOWER project.

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Renewables Generation: Key findings from mPOWER Exchang

Four cities explored the possibilities for large scale renewables generation. Visits to Frankfurt and Barcelona accelerated learning on how to: create a step change in solar generation uptake in the private sector, deliver large scale solar projects on city owned land and roofs and tackle energy poverty.

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#Remunicipalisation of key energy infrastructure and services has been an important means for some local authorities to facilitate a faster energy transition in the face of slow progress by private firms, our new study finds.

👉Read it here: https://municipalpower.org/articles/the-state-of-european-municipal-energy-transition-an-overview-of-current-trends/?utm_campaign=meetedgar&utm_medium=social&utm_source=meetedgar.com

Many people think that district heating is only suitable for very cold and densely populated cities. Listen to our City Stories podcast episode from Dublin to find out why this is not necessarily true: https://soundcloud.com/energy-cities/dublinenergy?utm_campaign=meetedgar&utm_medium=social&utm_source=meetedgar.com

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Local Energy Communities: Key findings from mPOWER Exchange

Throughout 2019 two mPower Exchange peer groups explored the topic of local energy communities, starting simply from the questions: What exactly are energy communities? And what added value might they bring to the local energy transition and the work being done by public authorities?

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Energy Efficiency: Key findings from mPOWER Exchange

In 2019, four cities completed a joint research and education project to identify possible activities that municipalities can do within the field of domestic retrofit, to save carbon, improve comfort, health, citizen participation, community resilience and the local economy.

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How a rural Dutch town is working towards sustainability

The municipality of Horst aan de Maas is situated in south-eastern Netherlands. In 2020 it adopted a new local sustainability policy with four main goals: Horst aan de Maas aims to be a fully climate neutral, climate proof, circular and nature-friendly town by 2050.

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Rochdale’s journey to net zero 2020-38

Rochdale is one of the 10 boroughs of the Greater Manchester city region. It is located to the north east of the region and has a population of approximately 218,000. It was one of the first industrial towns in the nineteenth century and was famous for textile manufacturing.

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The Drechtsteden: moving away from fossil gas and involving residents in the process

The Drechtsteden, with just short of 300,000 residents, is a small region of seven cooperating municipalities. In order to reduce households’ dependence on fossil gas, several municipalities have begun to construct heat networks using waste incineration, geothermal and aquathermal

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Almada: on the way to becoming a low-carbon role model

Located on the south bank of the river Tagus, opposite Lisbon, Almada City Council is one of 18 municipalities within the Lisbon Metropolitan Area, with 180,000 permanent residents living in an area of 72 km2.

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consortium
of partners

mPOWER is run by a consortium composed of the University of Glasgow (UK), Platform (UK), Transnational Institute (Netherlands), Energy Cities (EU-wide), IPE (Croatia), University of the Basque Country (ES), and Carbon Co-op (UK).

University of GlasgowPlatform UKEnergy CitiesInstitute for Political Ecology CroatiaCarbon Co-op UK