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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New ways for the energy transition – the Viennese approach

The city of Vienna and its wholly-owned energy provider are testing a range of participatory approaches to meet the city’s decarbonisation goals. From sustainable urban planning to blockchain technology, Vienna is contributing new ideas and sustainable solutions for the city of tomorrow.

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Komotini’s plans for a climate-friendly future

Komotini is a municipality in north-eastern Greece with just under 60,000 inhabitants. Still recovering from the effects of the financial crisis of 2008 and dealing with the resulting financial restrictions, the municipality is now planning to take its energy supply into its own hands.

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Litoměřice: Two decades of working towards a just transition in the Czech Republic

The city of Litoměřice has for a long time been a frontrunner in the Czech energy transition. A former port town not far from Prague, which has now become a commerce and service centre, the city began its energy transition in 2000 with a subsidy scheme for solar water heaters in private homes.

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A democratic transition to renewable energy in Cádiz

As in many other Spanish cities, two new left parties (For Cádiz Yes We Can and Winning Cádiz) took over the local government of Cádiz in an unprecedented election in May 2015. They inherited many economic and social problems such as high levels of debt and unemployment.

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The local energy agency and support for self-consumption drive energy transition in Pamplona

Pamplona is the capital of the autonomous province of Navarra in northern Spain. In recent years, the local government has made considerable efforts to phase out fossil fuels, extend renewable energy generation and increase energy efficiency.

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Frankfurt’s energy transition: Passive houses, a CO2 budget, and an app to collect residents’ ideas

Frankfurt am Main is one of the more densely built-up cities in Germany, known for its banking sector and home to one of Europe’s largest airports.

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Barcelona Energía: public power to tackle energy poverty

 

The Barcelona Energy Agency (AEB) is a public consortium that consists of a number of authorities that are directly involved in managing energy and the environment:

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The ‘smart’ transformation of a Black Sea metropolis

 

Burgas has recently been named the ‘Best city to live in Bulgaria’ – which ­may just have something to do with its strategy of transforming itself into a climate-friendly city without leaving any of its residents behind.

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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