16 June 2020

Interested in the future of prosumer energy systems? Join our e-workshop on 24th June!

Are you curious about the potential of prosumer technology for our future energy provision? Do you want to get insights on the state of the art of EU prosumer initiatives and discuss the pressing regulatory and technical challenges with peers & experts from the field? Apply before Thursday 18 June 2020 and get the chance to win a wildcard for an expert e-workshop on the future of prosumer energy systems.

Energy cooperatives, energy communities, local governments or other not-for-profit organisations have the potential to thrive by building on the potential of prosumer technology. However, the implementation of these technologies is not straightforward and financial, regulatory and technological hurdles need to be overcome in order to make prosumer futures reality. To explore which conditions need to change to get there, ClienthEarth, IOEW, UNIZAG FSB, CE Delft and the Dutch Research Institute for Transitions (DRIFT - Erasmus University) are organising an international workshop on the futures of energy systems for prosumers - actors who both produce and consume energy.

In this workshop a selected and international group of engineers, practitioners and policymakers are brought together to discuss what a decentralised and digital energy system could look like and discuss the challenges of local energy storage, energy sharing, systems integration. This will all take place in a highly interactive setting, in which discussions will be supported by innovative methodologies, like backcasting and visioning. You can expect an inspirational session with critical thinking and mutual learning, and insights that provide perspective and leverage to push for more inclusive energy futures all over Europe!

Who are we looking for? The workshop is designed for energy engineers, system operators, practitioners, regulators and policy makers.

Building a roadmap The aim of the session is to build a roadmap for 2030: where do we want the future of energy inclusiveness to go and what obstacles need to be overcome to get there? We anticipate linking these insights to the national implementation process of the Renewable Energy Directive legislation, which is taking shape across Europe in 2020. Questions that will be discussed include:

  • What does a desirable decentralised and digitalised energy system look like to prosumers? – i.e. will we be energy islands or part of a global interconnected Internet of Things (IoT) community?
  • Which conditions (social, economic, technological, ethical, security and data protection, educational, and financial) need to change to get there?
  • How do these futures relate to the ongoing transposition of the Renewable Energy Directive (REDII) into national policies in the EU member states?

More information? A workshop programme will be shared once you are confirmed as a participant. This workshop is part of the EU-funded Horizon 2020 PROSEU project. For more information visit www.proseu.eu

Time, location & date The e-workshop will take place from 10:00-16:00 CET on 24th of June 2020 and we will meet in a virtual space via Zoom.

How to apply? Apply by filling out this form, no later than Thursday 18 June 2020. Selected participants will hear whether they are invited to join the workshop on Friday 19 June 2020.

Questions? If you have any questions regarding the workshop or the wildcard application, email Alexia Falisse, AFalisse@clientearth.org