EC² opens doors to energy communities

Between November and March, five energy communities across the EU and UK will open their doors to showcase the power of citizen-led initiatives for a clean energy transition.

Funded and supported by EC², these open days will enable energy communities to actively approach and support interested citizens, local authorities, stakeholders and emerging energy communities.

The first two open days take place during November. In Navarra, northern Spain, EC² practice partner Arterra Bizimodu will host a full day of guided tours and workshops with a focus on community energy. Workshops include an exploration of different models of energy communities, an introduction to biogas, tools for self-organising, and how to take advantage of local energy resources.

Meanwhile in Colchester, UK, Community Energy Colchester will host a family-friendly day out with the theme Our Energy, Our Choice - Save Energy, Save Money. As well as games, activities and competitions, the day will also offer members of the wider community in Colchester the chance to get free advice on government grants and how to reduce energy bills. There will also be demonstrations of clean energy technology, hands-on learning opportunities and much more. Christopher Blomeley of Colchester Community Energy explains: “We want to make it as easy as possible for people to do the right thing and where possible save energy and money. Colchester is more than ready for our zero-carbon initiative and we look forward to a successful event.”