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Engaging citizens for an energy sober Europe with the REScoops

The European Commission’s proposal of its “Clean Energy for All Europeans” Package and its acknowledgement of renewable and local energy communities provides one more step towards empowering citizens to take more responsibility over their energy supply and their consumption. However, in order to promote energy efficiency first through energy communities, the package needs to better recognize the important role that REScoops play in encouraging and empowering behavioural change by citizens in how they use energy, including energy savings.

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REScoop PLUS Behavioral Factsheet

The REScoop PLUS project looked at the drivers of Energy Efficiency with the cooperative members. In this academic process, two separate studies were conducted by our academic partner, the University of Twente. Supported by the cooperatives of the consortium, the University team collected input from cooperative members from all over Europe. The two studies’ results were collected in two effectiveness report

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Effectiveness Report 2: energy savings

This report presents the results of the analysis on the effectiveness of activities of energy supplying European REScoops (Renewable Energy Cooperatives) to influence and help their members to save energy and to invest in renewable energy.

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Effectiveness Report 1: energy savings

This report presents the results of the first analysis on the effectiveness of activities of energy supplying European REScoops (Renewable Energy Sources Cooperatives) to influence and help their members to save energy and to invest in renewable energy.

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Data Analysis Report

This deliverable presents the statistical analysis methodology, and its results on the datasets that the collaborating REScoops of the REScoop PLUS project provided.

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The One Tariff Structure

With the "One Tariff Structure", Ecopower (BE) implemented a very simple principle. The essence of the measure is to offer "one price per KWh", for all the customers of the cooperative, regardless of where they live or how much they consume. Ecopower sends an invoice to all its customers (and therefore members) on a yearly basis. The tariffs are defined every year by the cooperative depending on taxes, transportation costs and energy prices.

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Energie ID

Energie ID is a platform for the active customers of Ecopower (BEL). Customer fill in their own data on the easy to use platform on a monthly basis. This data is used by Energie ID to create a future profile of their consumption and the compare them to similar households. The platform is also giving access for customers to groups where they can get support to be more energy efficient by an energy expert from Ecopower.

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Optimized Return Flow

In order to optimise their district heating, and therefore save energy, Südtiroler Energy Verband (SEV) uses the measure of return flow temperature optimisation. This is a tariff incentive for consumers to use energy outside peak consumption. By optimising its installation, the cooperative is improving the efficiency ratio of the district heating plants.

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Info Energia

Som Energia started with Info Energia as an extra service for their members. Instead of just sending invoices, Som Energia also sends reports on the energy use of their customers. Those reports were enriched by the use of 15-minutes consumption data that allows the cooperative to explore load-shifting and tariff optimization for its consumers.

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