What knowledge and skills are crucial for setting up and/or joining energy communities? What are the knowledge barriers for energy citizenship? How to provide reliable information and facilitate access to energy knowledge for citizens and communities? The live training session aims to provide structured understanding of different types of knowledge barriers for community energy and other citizen-led energy actions. Together with expert speakers, we will also explore integrated approaches and knowledge tools at the European and national level to better encourage citizens to take action, especially in setting up and mainstreaming community energy. Confirmed speakers include Ian Turner (Energy Communities Repository), Daniel Berger (Austrian coordination office for energy communities), and Johanna Held (prototype of EC2's energy citizenship tool).
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What is Community Energy Academy?
Community Energy Academy shares up-to-date knowledge about energy citizenship and energy communities (including developments in regulations and policies), a holistic understanding of citizen engagement in energy systems, and practical action planning tools and networks to implement inclusive and people-centred energy initiatives – starting from your community. Participants will learn about the different types of community energy initiatives and how they can be implemented in different contexts. The course content is designed for public administrators, leaders and members of energy communities, researchers, and other sustainability experts. Participation is free of charge and flexible, including both monthly live training sessions and self-paced learning materials. Community Energy Academy builds on insights from the EC²-project funded EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. The training is organised by ICLEI Europe in collaboration with leading European universities and research centres, pioneering municipalities, and engaged energy communities. Learn more about the Academy here.