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SCORE Co-own. Prosume. Renew.
   
 
   
Supporting Consumer Ownership of Renewable Energies
 
SCORE is an EU-funded project facilitating consumer ownership of renewable energy through innovative and inclusive financing techniques.
 
 
 
 
 
   
Dear SCORE-community,
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Summer has started, the Corona numbers have been low – and events have started to take place once more. As the SCORE project team, we would like to invite you to our final conference and share with you some of our most successful events as well as our latest publications. We wish you an enjoyable and inspiring read.
 
 
   
   
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Save the date for our Final Conference!
 
The Conference will take place on Wednesday 17 November from 2 to 6 PM and on Thursday 18 November from 10 AM to 2 PM. The location of the conference will be the Energy Centre of the Politechnico di Torino.

As of now, the event will be held in a digital format due to the uncertainty of the development of the COVID pandemic.

Speakers who have been invited to our (live) round table discussion:
Dr Dörte Fouqet - Director of the European Renewable Energies Federation EREF
 Prof Patrizia Lombardi - Vice-Rector of the Pilotechnico di Torino
Jutta Paulus - Member of the European Parliament for the Greens/EFA (tbc.)
Vincent Berruto - DG ENER, Deputy Director-General, Coordination Just & Green Energy Transition (tbc.)
Prof Domenico Villacci, President of the Italian Interuniversity Consortium EnSiEL.

Learn more about the event on the SCORE website
   
   
 
   
 
   
Recent Events
   
   
  
  
   
June 2021:
   
   
   
EUFORES Seminar: “Renewable & Citizen Energy Communities under the Clean Energy Package”
   
   
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On 21 June 2021, SCORE was part of a EUFORES online seminar in cooperation with EREF, Friends of the Earth Europe and REScoop.eu. The event was about energy communities as part of the Clean Energy Package, focussing on the transposition guidance for RED II (Renewable Energy Directive) and IEMD (Internal Electricity Market Directive) in the EU member states.

Therefore, the discussion covered the rights of citizens in the new EU legal framework and other topics. Prof Lowitzsch, coordinator of the SCORE project, presented various pitfalls to be aware of as well as best practices for a successful transposition. Amongst others, the Netherlands were presented as a best practice for citizen energy policies.

Towards the end of the event, participants discussed the question of how to transpose the specific definitions of REC and CEC as well as the challenges for national governments – and concluded with some solutions.
   
   
   
Frank Bold: “Energy communities – determinants in Polish law”
   
   
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Frank Bold is a law firm that supports citizens with legal obstacles in the context of projects that connect the state and companies through responsible energy.

On 21 June 2021, Frank Bold held a strategic meeting that presented the legal situation of Renewable Energy Communities in Poland – and concluded with various outlooks and options.

Prof Jens Lowitzsch, SCORE coordinator from the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder), offered an insight into the concept of "Supporting Consumer (Co-)Ownership in Renewable Energy" (CSOP). Using the example of a bio-energy cluster in Słupsk, Lowitzsch demonstrated the connection of a highly efficient cogeneration plant, a smart green city and different raw materials and energy sources such as biomass and photovoltaic systems.
   
   
   
CSD Financing Workshop: “Innovative Financial Schemes for Supporting Citizen-Driven Decentralised RES Projects in Europe”
   
   
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On 24 June 2021, the Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD) organised an international online workshop to present the research and policy findings from the implementation of the Consumer Stock Ownership Plan (CSOP) as part of the SCORE project. The speakers shared lessons learned from SCORE. They discussed the development of adequate financial tools and the question of how to work with the regulatory framework on a national level in similar projects. Another topic was the implementation and possibilities of the CSOP model, the role of municipalities and the importance of certain mechanisms to engage citizens.

Are you interested in the presentations? Watch the recordings below.
   
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1) The CSOP (Consumer Stock Ownership Plan) financing model for prosumer projects
Presented by Lucas Roth, Research Associate, Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder)

2) Implementation of the CSOP model in Susa Valley, Italy
Presented by Sara Torabi, Senior Postdoctoral Fellow, Polytechnic University of Turin (PoliTo)

3) The German experience: applying the CSOP model in Essen
Presented by Mirco Sieg, Municipality of Essen

4) Insights from follower cities – Italy
Presented by Sergio Olivero, President, Scientific Committee, Renewable Energy Community, Municipality of Magliano Alpi, Italy

5) Insights from follower cities – Portugal
Presented by João Dinis, Municipality of Cascais, Portugal

6) Challenges towards implementation of CSOP and policy options for renewable energy communities in Europe
Presented by Dr. Radostina Primova, Senior Analyst, Economic Program, Center for the Study of Democracy

7) Scaling-up energy communities in Bulgaria
Presented by Toby D. Couture, Director, E3 Analytics, Berlin

8) Krk on the way to becoming a carbon-neutral and energy-autonomous island
Presented by Vjeran Pirsic, Croatian Climate Change Panel Eko Kvarner, Croatia
   
   
Bündnis Bürgerenergie: “Long Night of Citizen Energy”
   
   
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On 30 June, the Bündnis Bürgerenergie held an online event called "The Long Night of Citizen Energy" and offered insights into the continuous lack of German implementation of the European Renewable Energy Directive. Like this, they called out a situation that threatens citizen energy rights as well as the more advanced legislation in countries like Italy and Austria.

Prof Jens Lowitzsch from the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder) represented the SCORE project with his presentation on "Citizen Participation & Inclusion in the Renewable Energy Community Berufskolleg Ost & Franz-Sales-Haus.”

Watch Prof Lowitzsch’s presentation
   
   
 
   
 
   
   
   
Latest publications
   
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Christina E. Hoicka, Jens Lowitzsch, Marie Claire Brisbois, Ankit Kumar, Luis Ramirez Camargo
Implementing a just renewable energy transition: Policy advice for transposing the new European rules for renewable energy communities

The article was published in Energy Policy 156 (2021) 11243.

Read the article 
   
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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 784960”.
   
   
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This newsletter reflects only the authors’ views. The European Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.
   
   
 
   
 
   
 
 
   
Let’s stay in touch
 
Our next newsletter will be issued in autumn 2021. In the meantime please visit our web­site for the latest news and more background information. We would also be happy to find you as our follower on Twitter in order to stay in the loop. If you wish to share your thoughts or start collaborating – for example as a follower city – please feel free to contact us anytime.
   
   
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