Consumer Advice, protection and empowerment

Green Energy Community (GECO)

National project
The Green Energy Community (GECO) was a demonstration project in the Pilastro – Roveri district of Bologna. It comprised the creation of an energy community, an entity introduced by the EU Clean Energy Package (CEP). The GECO project intended to tackle social, technical and economic aspects related to the creation of the green energy community in order to increase sustainability, reduce energy poverty and generate a low carbon economic cycle. The project is carried out by AESS, ENEA, UNIBO, CAAB/FICO and Agenzia Pilastro, with the Emilia Romagna Region, GSE, RSE, City of Bologna, local associations, businesses and citizens and with the financial support of EIT Climate-KIC.





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Healthy Homes Initiative

National project
The Healthy Homes Initiative programme managers at the Ministry of Health are helped by other government agencies, or middle actors in the community to identify eligible families, with the aim to carry out a comprehensive housing assessment by certified Home Energy Performance Advisors, and devise individualised action plans to help create warmer, drier, healthier homes.





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EnergyMate

National project
EnergyMate is all about helping ahānau get the most out of their electricity. For some, that’s a reduced power bill, for others, it’s a warmer, drier, healthier home. EnergyMate is delivered through in-home coaching and community hui by EnergyMate coaches. All EnergyMate coaches are community-based financial mentors who are trained through an energy hardship training module to equip them to provide education and support. Following the success of the initial pilot in 2019, EnergyMate is operating in 13 locations across Aotearoa, and to date has supported almost 1,000 households with energy advice and targeted support.





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RETE ASSIST

National project
RETE ASSIST is an Italian network of operators and stakeholders working on energy poverty. It was created to consolidate, strengthen and carry on the work started within the European ASSIST project. It proposes a multi-level approach in line with the need for a holistic solution to deal with complex and multidimensional problems that embrace aspects ranging from social to technical. It addresses both operators (physical persons) and public and private actors (legal persons) working on the ground to tackle energy poverty. The underpinning concept of RETE ASSIST is to empower all actors and facilitate the flow of information between them.





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TORREBLANCA ILUMINA - Energy and educational community in a vulnerable area

National project
In the POWERTY pilot, a collective photovoltaic installation was carried out on the roof of public schools to share most of the energy generated with families in a situation of energy poverty in the neighborhood. All this accompanied by legal, social and technical assistance.





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WHAM - Warmer Homes, Advice and Money

National project
WHAM offered an innovative model for supporting Bristol and North Somerset’s most vulnerable residents by providing advice on energy, money, benefits and carrying out home repairs. The support offered by the core organisations covered multiple facets, such as advice and monitoring of energy bills, home visits with safety checks or legal and housing advice.





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Valencia Energy Office

National project
The Valencia city council, through the Valencia Climate and Energy foundation, has launched the first Energy Office in the city. The Energy Office aims to operate as a one-stop-shop to assess, inform and give support to the citizens in terms of energy efficiency, renewable energy, energy poverty and energy transition.





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The Solar House

National project
In a multi-story building of 3,700 households located in an underprivileged area of Copenhagen, the tenants decided together to produce electricity from solar PV and water heating from solar thermal. The project is owned by the housing estate, and the tenants contribute financially to the project through additions on top of their monthly rent or mortgage payments.





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STEP-IN

European project
The project aimed to help energy poor homes reduce their energy bills and their environmental impact by better managing their consumption. This was through the method of living labs. Energy advisors met people at "energy cafés" or during home visits and followed their energy situation's evolution over time.





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SHINE - Seasonal Health Intervention Network

National project
The SHINE network advises and refers to vulnerable groups including people of low incomes and with health conditions across the London Boroughs.





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