’s annual conference gathers energy cooperatives across Europe to exchange ideas about the development of the movement and the challenges and opportunities ahead. This year’s edition will have a special focus on how energy communities empower our future. Our energy system has to drastically change in the next years and citizen energy cooperatives are the best positioned to lead the energy transition to energy democracy.

During three days, citizens all over Europe will explore alternative ways of organising our society, delve into some of the most trending issues energy communities are working on, and look at how to support the development of new and current initiatives. All this will take place in interactive and hands-on workshops with plenty of networking opportunities. Join the discussion!

On 23 April, one day after the conference, members are invited to participate in’s General Assembly.

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Conference programme

Day 1: Wednesday, 20 April 2022

  • 10:00-10:45h – Opening session
    General welcome by Dirk Vansintjan, president, and keynote speech by Erinch Sahan, Business & Enterprise Lead of the Doughnut Economics Action Lab.

  • 11:00-12:30h Workshops session 1
    Option a: Introduction to the Doughnut Economy Theory
    Option b: Community-owned virtual power plants - lessons from a maturing concept
  • 13:30-15:00h – Workshops session 2
    Option a: Citizen-led renovation: energy cooperatives providing building renovation services
    Option b: How can businesses support the community energy movement?

Day 2: Thursday, 21 April 2022

  • 13:30-15:00h – Workshops session 3
    Option a: Energy communities tackling energy poverty: financing for solidarity
    Option b: Smart home solutions - Can cooperatives make it happen?
  • 16:00-17:30h – Workshops session 4
    Option a: Taking action for advancing gender justice in energy communities
    Option b: Support schemes for energy communities

Day 3: Friday, 22 April 2022

  • 10:00-11:30h – Workshops session 5
    Option a: Understanding and assessing community development
    Option b: Building member engagement in your energy community
  • 12:00-13:30h – Workshops session 6
    Option a: How can rural communities help their municipalities achieve their energy & climate objectives?
    Option b: The energy transition in the Balkans
  • 14:00-15:00h – Closing session
    10 years of growing the movement: a trip down memory lane

You can find a description of the different sessions in the detailed version of the agenda.

The conference is free and open to everyone, but you need to register to be able to participate. The deadline to register is Monday, 18 April 2022. members can receive a printed version of our annual report if they register before 13 April and they indicate it in the registration form. A digital version of the report will be published on our website. general assembly will take place on Saturday 23 April from 10:00 to 12:00 CEST. members will receive their invitation to the general assembly by email.

Join the discussion on social media with the hashtag #ECEOF!