The mPOWER consortium brings access to an active network of cities committed to energy transition (Energy Cities, IPE), experience in energy policy (Platform, Energy Cities, IPE) and energy innovation (Carbon Co-op), public services experts (University of Glasgow, Basque University, TNI), and years of innovative peer-learning projects (Platform, TNI, IPE, Carbon Co-op).
University of Glasgow
Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow has a tradition of excellence as the fourth oldest university in the UK. It is a founding member of Universitas21, a member of IRUN (International Research Universities Network), and a founding member of the Guild of European Research Intensive Universities. UoG is a world-leading research intensive institution, attracting scholars from more than 130 countries worldwide each year. So far in Horizon 2020, the University has 105 granted projects, worth more than €35m. In Horizon 2020, the University has nearly 20 ERC grants.
For the past twenty years Platform-London has operated as a think-tank and educational organisation specialising in: a) energy democracy; and b) citizen participation and engagement. Platform’s economic analysis has helped shape energy policy and set national policy-makers’ energy programmes in locations including UK, Uganda, and Iraq. Over the past five years Platform has built up a knowledge base on municipal democratic energy policies and advocating for them.
Transnational Institute (TNI)
The Transnational Institute (TNI) is an international research and advocacy institute that engages in a broad range of research and policy advocacy areas (public services, trade and investment relations, environmental policy, and participatory democracy, among others), builds alliances with civil society organisations and develops proposals for a more sustainable, just and democratic world. For more than forty years, TNI has served as a unique nexus between social movements, engaged scholars and policy makers.
Energy Cities is the European association of cities in energy transition. Since almost 30 years, the network with its member cities and umbrella organisations advocates a democratic and decentralised energy transition, led by the regional and local levels. Energy Cities is a network of local and regional authorities from over 30 countries, mainly municipalities, but also Metropolitan Areas, energy management agencies or municipal companies. Close to 200 local governments among them are individually members of Energy Cities.
Carbon Co-op is a not-for-profit organisation that takes collective action to create the conditions for a clean, democratic and just energy transition. Our work includes assisting householders and communities to make big reductions in domestic energy use, providing expertise in energy efficiency, deep retrofit, energy system and smart grids innovation issues and running creative intervention projects to share our knowledge. We are committed to increasing greater worker and citizen participation in the energy system through energy democracy.
Institute for Political Ecology (IPE)
The Institute for Political Ecology (IPE) is a research and educational organisation that designs alternative development models and innovative institutional frameworks for the democratic and economic transformation of society. The Institute works closely with municipal authorities, trade unions and civil society in Croatia and neighbouring countries, to accelerate the energy transition. IPE also provides expert analyses to political and economic actors in Croatia and abroad to advocate for an ecologically sustainable, just and democratic society.
University of the Basque Country
The University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) is a teaching and research institution officially founded in 1985. The university employs over 7.000 people in 31 faculties and schools distributed in three different campuses, with a total of more than 50,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students. The UPV/EHU offers the highest number of doctorate programmes of all Spanish universities, one third of which have received a mention of excellence from the Spanish Ministry of Education. The UPV/EHU has been recognised as an International Research Campus of Excellence by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation.