Energy Communities for Just Energy Transitions on a Local Scale: Initial Lessons from the Lightness Project †
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|Main Characteristics of Initial Energy Community||Size of Initial Community||Size of Pilot Community Aimed at|
|1. Italy (Cagliari—Condominium)||One apartment block with cooperative of apartment owners dealing with all building issues||8 households||8 households|
|2. France (Chambery—Technolac business park)||Innovative business park||230 businesses and university||20 businesses|
|3. Spain (Alginet)||Existing cooperative electricity supplier, supplying Alginet village||13,000 inhabitants||15–30 households|
|4. Poland (Wroclaw, Spoldzielnia Poludnie)||Cooperative of apartment owners dealing with all building issues||260 households||10–20 households|
|5–7. Netherlands (Woerden, Helden and Delft ‘Zero-on-the-Meter’ (ZOM) and non-ZOM houses)||Owners and tenants of ZOM houses and apartments newly built or renovated by one construction company, plus a selection of non-ZOM houses in the same neighbourhood||>200 households||15–30 households|
|Just Engagement Indicator||Pre-Engagement Phase||Recruitment Phase|
|Recognition||Needs, wishes, and ambitions of community members are recognized||Roles, aims, and interests of stakeholders are identified|
Formal and informal structures of community are identified
|All potential participants feel recognized and respected in the way they are approached with the chosen recruitment instruments|
|Participation||Existing formal and informal structures, activities, and ambitions of the community are recognized||Readiness conditions for pilot and impact on participation are assessed||A diverse and sufficiently large group of participants is being recruited|
People are recruited after receiving complete, accessible, and trustworthy information and after giving their formal consent
|Distribution||All relevant stakeholders and their respective stakes are acknowledged||Potential benefits, costs, and risks of pilot activities for all stakeholders are identified||Participants and stakeholders feel that costs and benefits incurred through the pilot are distributed fairly among community members and between the community and related stakeholders|
|Capacities||The group of community members participating in the pilot project is representative of their community in terms of age, gender, education, income, and ethnicity||Required capacities for meaningfully engaging in the project activities and valorising them are identified||(Potential) participants feel capable of meaningfully participating in the project; barriers for meaningful participation through lack of capacities are identified and addressed|
|Responsibilities||Community members have an effective voice and vote in decision-making procedures||Activities in which participants are involved are identified, including possible responsibilities||Clear communication of expectations of participants throughout the project, as far as known|
Participants formally consent to take up responsibilities
|Learning||Full and trustworthy information about the pilot project and the activities deployed therein is readily accessible||Pilot leaders mutually discuss and reflect on planned engagement activities; Pilot leaders feel fully equipped to carry out the engagement process||Key process and outcome lessons from each engagement phase are recorded and used for the final recommendations for replication and scaling up|
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Slingerland, S.; Young, J.; Mourik, R.; Lutz, L. Energy Communities for Just Energy Transitions on a Local Scale: Initial Lessons from the Lightness Project. Environ. Sci. Proc. 2021, 11, 29. https://doi.org/10.3390/environsciproc2021011029
Slingerland S, Young J, Mourik R, Lutz L. Energy Communities for Just Energy Transitions on a Local Scale: Initial Lessons from the Lightness Project. Environmental Sciences Proceedings. 2021; 11(1):29. https://doi.org/10.3390/environsciproc2021011029Chicago/Turabian Style
Slingerland, Stephan, Jordan Young, Ruth Mourik, and Lena Lutz. 2021. "Energy Communities for Just Energy Transitions on a Local Scale: Initial Lessons from the Lightness Project" Environmental Sciences Proceedings 11, no. 1: 29. https://doi.org/10.3390/environsciproc2021011029