Replay - Energy communities conference

from June 15, 2020 to September 15, 2020

"Energy communities for collective self-consumption: frameworks, practices and tools" first sessions took place online on June and July. Access now the the replays!
Renewable and waste energies are increasingly mobilized at the building, village or city level. At the same time, "energy communities" are emerging at the initiative of citizens with the support of local authorities, associations or companies. These transformations push actors to act or react and modify the spaces, institutions and norms governing energy networks and housing. International speakers (Europa, Asia, Americas) from social sciences (economics, sociology, urban planning etc.) and design sciences (electrical, thermal and computer engineering, etc.) will propose, compare and update knowledge on the frameworks, practices and tools of energy communities, considered here as local mediations between production and consumption.
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Opening Session

Accueil/Welcome: Gilles DEBIZET & Frédéric WURTZ / Université Grenoble Alpes, François MENARD / PUCA,

Design of national policies and translation of European directive relative to energy communities: Bruno BESSIS (DHUP) / French Ecology Transition Ministry

Session 1: Design of national policies and translation of European directive relative to energy communities


Energy communities are developing in Europe and are at the heart of the recent EU directives on renewable energy and the internal market. Nevertheless, the diversity of their legal, organizational and even technical forms calls into question their integration into the current electricity regime. The objective of this session will be to question the forms of organization of these communities and their interaction with the sector's regulation. What are the political, legal and economic developments surrounding this emergence in the context of the energy transition?

Chairman: Thomas REVERDY,Grenoble-INP
Discussing speaker: Beatrice COINTE, CNRS-Mines Paris Tech
The power of energy communities — shifting towards a just and/or sustainable energy system, Natascha Van Bommel / Eindhoven University of Technology
Communautés ou communautarisme ? Mise en perspective des controverses liées à la mise en place de l'autoconsommation collective en France, Thibaut Fonteneau / Université Grenoble Alpes
Refaire de l'énergie : les épreuves de nouveaux entrants « citoyens » dans la production d'électricité, Arnaud ASSIE / Université Paris Est
Le plan d'actionnariat des consommateurs (PAC) -Prototype de la communauté d'énergie renouvelable, Jens LOWITZSCH / Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt (version française)

Session 2: How do production/supply/sharing energy communities emerge and develop?

Energy communities for the production and supply of electricity emerge in Europa and elsewhere. Beyond the motivations of the members involved in the creation and deployment of communities, the realization of production projects or supply services follows various processes. If they depend on national/local regulations, on the members and supporting organizations and on internal governance, when and how do these factors intervene in the process? Are processes different according to the spatial scale and to the purpose (production, supply or sharing) of the community?

Chairman: Gilles DEBIZET,Université Grenoble Alpes
Discussing speaker: Grégoire WALLENBORN, Université Libre de Bruxelles
Joint procurement: How does collective action work for investing in renewable energy at community level? Gabriella DOCI / KTH/Royal Institute of Technology
Analyse des processus collectifs et démocratiques mis en œuvre au sein des sociétés citoyennes de production d'énergie renouvelable, Armelle GOMEZ / Bordeaux Sciences Agro, Aude POTTIER, Benjamin TYL / APESA
Building energy commons: Three mini-PV installation cases in apartment complexes in Seoul, Hana KIM / Sejong University, Weiming CHEN / University of Delaware, Schoon YANG

Session 3: Which skills and tools to support energy communities?


The development of projects sharing in situ renewable energy is carried out in a variety of configurations and for a variety of stakeholders. It is no longer just a question of defining an optimal technical solution from an economic point of view, but of reconciling the expectations of several stakeholders and environmental issues. This session presents required skills and new decision-support tools for energy community projects.

Chairman: Frédéric WURTZ, Université Grenoble Alpes
Discussing speaker: Julien POUGET, HES-SO Valais-Wallis
Qualitative study of skills needs for community energy projects, Yael ZEKARIA, Ruzanna CHITCHYAN / University of Bristol
Analyse qualitative pour la modélisation de contraintes et d'objectifs des parties prenantes d'un projet énergétique local, Lou MORRIET, Gilles DEBIZET, Frédéric WURTZ / Université Grenoble Alpes
Analyse technico-économique multi-acteurs de la conception optimale d'un système de valorisation de chaleur fatale sur réseau de chaleur, Jaume FITO, Julien RAMOUSSE / Université Savoie Mont Blanc, Sacha HODENCQ, Lou MORRIET, Frédéric WURTZ, Gilles DEBIZET / Université Grenoble Alpes
Accurate tool to help estimate the economic profitability of a PV installation, used in the Group-it project, Alan LAURAUX / HES-SO Valais-Wallis

Session 4: Opportunities and impacts of digital technologies for energy communities

Energy communities can rely on digital technologies for their development and operation, particularly with the development of peer-to-peer exchange platforms or blockchains. This session presents several digital solutions and questions their interests and impacts for energy communities and beyond.

Chairman: Lou Morriet / Université Grenoble Alpes
Discussing speaker: Michael Fell / University College London
Emerging digital business models for renewable self-consumers: Enablers for citizen participation in the energy transition? “ Perspectives from Germany “, Christine DEDE, Monika HEYDER, PIA LABORGNE, Pauline RAUX-DEFOSSEZ, Andreas HUBER / European Institute for Energy Research
Peer-to-Peer Energy Platforms: Incentives for Prosuming, Jean-Christophe POUDOU, Thomas CORTADE / Université de Montpellier
Energy transition for the market or from within society? Hugo SCHÖNBECK / Energycoin Foundation,Tarek ALSKAIF, Wilfried VAN SARK /Copernicus Institute for Sustainable Development, Hugo NIESING, Avi GANESAN /Resourcefully, Anne-Marie PRONK, Brian MULDER / Energycoin Foundation
Development of Blockchain solutions to optimize collective self-consumption based on photovoltaic production : feedback, Daniel MUGNIER / TECSOL SA 

Session 5: How do community energy design and urban processes fit together?

Local (indeed self-) production and consumption questions relations between energy system, milieu, architecture and social relationship. Design of local energy systems are embedded with urban planning and city governance. What are the interactions between energy system design and  urban production process? Between community energy sharing and city governance? Do energy sharing modalities differs according to the project leading actor ?

Chairman: Silvère TRIBOUT / Université Grenoble Alpes
Discussing speaker: Sylvie LAROCHE / Université Grenoble Alpes ENS Architecture
Communautés énergétiques et "fabrique urbaine ordinaire". Analyses croisées Allemagne, France, Royaume-Uni, Flora AUBERT / Université Gustave Eiffel
La fabrique de la ville à l’heure des injonctions énergétiques : urbanisme, autoconsommation collective et prise de décisions négociées, Inès RAMIREZ-COBO, Silvère TRIBOUT, Gilles DEBIZET / Université Grenoble Alpes  

Session 6: Do community energy projects reshape practices of inhabitants, professionals or local authorities?

Local (indeed self-) production and consumption questions relations between energy system, milieu, architecture and social relationship during the design stage as well as the operating periode. This session explores the impacts of community initiatives integrating an energy dimension on  socio-spatial practices at different scales: housing, condominium, district and cities. Mobilizing the notion of “Common”, it therefore questions relations between in situ resources, their uses and  community/local governance.

Chairman: Inès RAMIREZ-COBO / Université Grenoble Alpes
Discussing speaker: Olivier LABUSSIERE / Université Grenoble Alpes
Implementing Energy-as a Common approach in the revitalization of shrinking cities, Simone DI PIETRO/ RE-CITY International Training Network
Engouement autour de la géothermie communautaire au Québec, Myriam PROULX, Sophie VAN NESTE/ INRS
Communautés énergétiques et communs : repenser l'action collective par les espaces habités, Marta PAPPALARDO/ Université Grenoble Alpes  

Session 7: From tool development/spreading to living projects

Innovative tools regarding energy communities are initiated/implemented in real fields/life involving different stakeholders. Supporting organizer, consulting developer and academic testimony on practical experimentation of tools for energy communities.

Chairman: Frédéric Wurtz / Université Grenoble Alpes
Discussing speaker: Stéphane Genoud / HES-SO Valais-Wallis
Coordination et valorisation des outils développés en Wallonie à destination des Communautés d'énergie Renouvelable (CER), Renaud DACHOUFFE / Cluster Tweed 
Explorations on motivating microgrid-users to optimize self-sufficiency, Fouad EL GOHARY / Uppsala Universitet, Sofie NYSTROM / Research Institutes of Sweden, Lizette REITSMA / Malmö University, Cajsa BARTUSCH / Uppsala Universitet 
GROUP-IT: l'appel d'offres groupé, premier pas vers le RCP (Regroupement  Consommation Propre) ? Lucien PAPILLOUD, Stéphane GENOUD, Jean-Marie LAURENT, Frédéric REVAZ / HES-SO Valais-Wallis 

Session 8: Consumers' role in the design and management of energy systems: from the individual to the collective

What are the links between energy technologies or devices and users' consumption behaviors? In this session, the consumer takes a central place: through the analysis of his behaviors and consumption logics, it questions the way in which experts can design efficient energy devices and configurations. Thus, energy is not analyzed as an object, but as a relationship between individuals and devices.

Chairwoman: Marta PAPPALARDO / Université Grenoble Alpes 
Discussing speaker: Rémy RIGO-MARIANI / Université Grenoble Alpes 
L'activité et l'expérience des habitants comme point de départ pour la conception de dispositifs énergétiques collectifs, Antoine MARTIN, Marie-France AGNOLETTI, Eric BRANGIER / Université de Lorraine
Short-term residential district load forecasting: impacts of district size and history length, Mickael TITS, Benjamin BERNAUD, Amel ACHOUR, Badri MAHER, Lofti GUEDRIA / Université de Mons

Published on September 23, 2020