Current research projects
This pages hosts links to independent evidence and research on the impact and potential of community energy.
Current research projects seeking participation
Here we list research projects being conducted by students and professionals who are looking for participants or input.
Prosumer initiatives all over Europe exploit technological advances to challenge energy market structures and institutions and thereby locally push energy transitions. To better understand what facilitates the active participation of citizens in energy transitions across Europe, PROSEU project partners examine the challenges that Prosumers of renewable energy sources (RES Prosumers) are facing. We focus on collective prosumer initiatives, which includes energy cooperatives or energy communities, organisations that produce for self-consumption, public-private or other forms of partnerships for RES energy production and self-consumption.
How to better find out than asking directly the most concerned: representatives of such initiatives? The results of this survey will map the current extent of prosumerism as well as its potential across Europe and hopefully feed into new policies for renewable energy Prosumers. As such, it will help spread the Prosumer phenomenon in Europe and contribute to a transition to clean, low carbon energy.
Are you one of those RES Prosumer initiatives? Or are you supporting such initiatives in one way or the other? Then you might be interested to join the PROSEU Community of Interest. Its purpose is to connect RES Prosumer initiatives and their stakeholders, to help them network and exchange knowledge and know-how. All members of the Community of Interest will feature on an interactive map on the PROSEU Website and will be the first ones to receive invitations for workshops with the aim of exchanging knowledge among RES Prosumers and other renewable energy stakeholders in the same region, with similar energy sources or working structures.
If you would like to participate in the project, you can fill in the survey here. It is available in eight languages: Croatian, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.
You can also join Prosumer Community of Interest group on LinkedIn, to exchange with other RES Prosumer initiatives.
Stephen is investigating the factors that influence the success and performance of community energy projects. Establishing the factors that contribute to a successful project will improve the performance of future projects. He is looking for members of communities to interview from September 2018- December 2018 to assess their experience and involvement in their local community energy project. To measure the performance of a community energy project, he will require energy use data which some communities may have via monitoring systems installed when the community energy project was set up. This data would allow him to investigate the relationship between energy use and community energy projects. Willing participants can get in contact with him through email at email@example.com
Jo is currently researching for her PhD which is investigating the role of social enterprise across the community energy sector in the UK. After some initial interviews with community energy groups earlier in the year it became apparent that there were some common issues that community groups faced. However, as this study was limited to the North West of England the next stage of the research is to invite participants from across the UK to complete a short 5 to 10 minute questionnaire to generate further data. It is the overall aim of the project that this data can be utilised to make some meaningful impact within the sector going forward. If you’d like to discuss this research further or take part in the study by completing the questionnaire please contact Jo Hillman directly on e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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WREN link to research they have been involved in with various universities.
In 2016, 10:10 produced an report Community energy - The way forward
2015 saw Community Energy England Produce their report Community Energy: Generating More than Renewable Energy
NESTA have produced a paper that discusses local and community-based approaches to energy and the role of Councils in particular, called Local energy in an age of austerity
Case studies of successful approaches to community energy are available at the Community Pathways website
Respublica produced a report on Creating Local Energy Economies: Lessons from Germany
In 2013 Respublica produced a report on The Community Renewables Economy