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Ways forward for
Collective Energy Actions.

How everyone can be part of
the energy transition

DECIDE Final Conference
19 June 2023  - 08:30-18:00 CEST

Brussels, Belgium

08:30 - 09:00

Registrations and welcome coffee

09:00 - 09:30

Opening Session - Striving for a local and inclusive transition

  • Leen Peeters, founder and CEO, Th!nk E
  • Adela Tesarova, Deputy Director-General - Coordination of the Just and Green Energy Transition, Head of Unit B.1 - Consumers, Local Initiatives, Just Transition, Directorate-General for Energy (DG ENER)
  • Ulfert Höhne, CEO and co-founder, OurPower

09:30 - 10:30

Roundtable - A fast-changing panorama: Are we keeping up the speed with the energy transition?

Moderators: Silvia Assalini, ICLEI Europe, and Ludwig Karg, B.A.U.M.

  • Marten Saareoks, Expert, Tartu Energy Agency See presentation
  • Stratos Keranidis, R&D Director, DomX See presentation
  • Johan Konings, Senior advisor, ENBRO See presentation
  • Marco Gervasi, EU Youth Energy Network
  • Dirk Hendricks, Secretary General, European Renewable Energy Federation (EREF)
  • Maria Santos, Community Power Coalition

10:30 - 10:45

Coffee break

10:45 – 11:45

Roundtable - The different facets of engagement

Moderators: Sonja Klingert, University of Stuttgart, and Carsten Rothballer, ICLEI Europe

  • Miloslav Franěk, Senior project manager, City of Prague See presentation
  • Andreas Klär, Managing director, Elektrizitätswerke Hindelang See presentation
  • Tom Verheyen, Product Manager, ThermoVault See presentation
  • Veerle Dossche, Energy Policy Coordinator, CAN Europe
  • Manuel Nina, Co-founder and CCO of GoParity

11:45 - 12:00

Develop energy communities through informative and collective actions

  • Mona Bielig, University of Seeburg
  • Miro Prek, Prospex Institute
  • Anne-Kathrin Vorwald, BAUM

12:00 - 13:00


13:00 - 14:00

Breakout 1 - Meet your peer for collective action

Topic: The role of SMEs within collective energy actions

Responsible partner: Th!nk E

Stakeholder group: SMEs/Industry

Moderator: Lucija Rakocevic, Th!nk E

  • Kostas Komninos, DAFNI, Greece
  • Giulia Torri, Km0, Spain (DECIDER)
  • Job Svens, J-OB, Netherlands
  • Karina Veum, TNO, Netherlands

See Lucija Rakocevic's presentation

See Job Svens' presentation

Topic: Regulatory models for collective actions

Responsible partner: JR

Stakeholder group: Policy makers and regulators

Moderator: Andreas Tuerk, Joanneum Research

  • OurPower
  • CEER

Topic: How to start a promising initiative

Responsible partner: BAUM

Stakeholder group: EC and CEA starter

Moderators: Ludwig Karg and Anne-Kathrin Vorwald, BAUM, and & Sonja Klingert, University of Mannheim

  • Erik Laes, VITO, Eindhoven University of Technology

  • Jens Lowitsch, Kelso Institute, project SCORE

14:00 - 14:30

Coffee break

14:30 - 15:30

Breakout 2 - Diversify your opportunities through collective action

Topic: Business models and financing for Energy Communities and other Collective Actions

Responsible partner: BAUM

Moderator: Ludwig Karg, BAUM

  • Esther Hardi, Institute for European Energy and Climate Policy Foundation (IEECP)
  • Ulfert Höhne or Hemma Bieser, OurPower
  • Johan Konings, ENBRO
  • Carolin Monsberger, AIT - Austrian Institute of Technology

Topic: Policy & Governance

Responsible partner: PI

Moderator: Daniel Matkovits, Prospex Institute

  • Marten Saareoks, TREA 
  • Miroslav Franěk, PSOE - City of Prague
  • Artemis Giavasoglou, Municipality of Kifissia & SPARCS project
  • Andreas Tuerk, Joanneum Research

Topic: Stakeholder engagement

Responsible partner: UNIMA & UNISEB

Moderators: Mona Bieling, University of Seeburg, Sonja Klingert, University of Mannheim, and Florian Kutzner, University of Seeburg

  • Gosia Mątowska, ENCLUDE project
  • Marilys Louvet, W4RES project

See presentation

15:30 - 15:45

Energizing break

15:45 - 16:45

Panel - How to advance the energy transition with the participation of everyone?

  • Anastasia Kouskouni, Programme Manager, Unit G.3 - Cyprus and Greece, Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO)
  • Fréderic-Michael Foeteler, Institut Luxembourgeois de Régulation
  • Athanasios Papakonstantinou, Energy Markets and Policies expert, HERON
  • Piero de Bonis, Policy officer, Policy officer, C.1 – Clean energy transition Directorate-General for Research & Innovation (DG RTD)

16:45 - 17:00

Closing remarks and future perspectives

  • Talia Brun Marcen, Project Adviser, LIFE Energy & LIFE Climate, European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Agency (CINEA)
  • Lucija Rakocevic, DECIDE project coordinator, Th!nk E

17:00 - 18:00

Networking cocktail