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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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).

The Serbian city of #Niš is retrofitting schools and kindergartens in order to save energy and become more climate-friendly. This documentary explores how the city is planning to transition to renewable energy in a democratic and inclusive manner:

These Best Practice Guides by @CarbonCoop are the outcome of a 4-year peer learning project between municipalities. They bring you key #energytransition projects across Europe, compiling experiences to draw inspiration from. Take a look here:

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Cork City’s many transitions

The small Irish city of Cork has committed to reducing its CO2 emissions by 40% by 2030, compared to the baseline of 2016, and aims for net-zero emissions by 2050. In the diverse business centre, some of the world’s largest tech companies meet a significant agricultural industry producing meat and dairy.

Renewables Generation: Key findings from mPOWER Exchange

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.