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The NEWCOMERS project aims to involve RESCOOP, the network of European energy cooperatives, in the two-stage stakeholder dialogue.

The NEWCOMERS project will make use of insights generated in RESCOOP PLUS, which aims to make renewable energy cooperatives in Europe go beyond their activities of producing and supplying energy and take up energy savings for their members as a new pillar in their organisations.

The NEWCOMERS project will take into account the experiences of the RESCOOP MECISE implementation action in which six energy cooperatives aimed to link renewable energy projects to energy efficiency and to foster collaborations with cities and municipalities.

The NEWCOMERS project will build on the work carried out in the CO-POWER project which aimed to speed up the development of renewable energy projects by creating a favourable legislative environment, building a broad coalition across Europe supportive of community renewable projects, informing and educating policymakers, and by informing and engaging citizens.

The NEWCOMERS project will get in touch with the S3C family of projects, which are currently developing and testing various ways to activate and engage consumers, customers and citizens, to share insights and best practices.

The NEWCOMERS project will take up insights from the EMPOWER project that aimed to encourage and enable the active participation of citizens that consume and produce energy in the electrical system and has developed local marketplaces to encourage active participation of prosumers to exploit flexibility.

The NEWCOMERS project will monitor the development of CITYZENERGY, an Intelligent Energy Europe project aiming to create a European crowdfunding platform for renewable energy that will respond to the variety of needs of both renewable energy source (RES) promoters and potential citizen investors.

The NEWCOMERS project will collaborate with REPOWERMAP, an initiative under the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme, which created an interactive map for local renewable energy generation.

The NEWCOMERS project will use insights generated in the REALVALUE project, which aimed to demonstrate how local small-scale energy storage, optimised across the whole EU energy system, with advanced ICT, could bring benefits to all market participants. Consortium member Sarah Darby (UOXF) was involved as a partner in REALVALUE and will make sure that the insights will be taken up by the NEWCOMERS project.

The NEWCOMERS project will consider the insights from the ENABLE project, which investigated the interactions between individual and collective energy choices and the regulatory, technological and investment prerequisites of the Energy Union transition pillar as well as the social acceptability of energy transitions.

The NEWCOMERS project will build on the insights the PENNY project generated with respect to energy literacy of households in several European countries as well as individual barriers to energy-efficiency more generally. Consortium member Julia Blasch is involved as a collaborator in the PENNY project and will make sure that insights will be taken up by the NEWCOMERS project.

The NEWCOMERS project will build on the cross-country comparative work carried out under the ARTS project to explore the political-institutional contexts of each country and their potential to support or hinder bottom-up participation in the energy system. Consortium member Jake Barnes was a collaborator in the ARTS project and will facilitate the transfer and development of knowledge.


The NEWCOMERS consortium will be in contact with the researchers involved in the CORISE project from University of Groningen and University of Twente to take up their insights on the technological and social potential of local sustainable energy systems in the Netherlands.

The NEWCOMERS project will draw on the experience of the EVALOC project, which evaluated six different low-carbon communities in England and Wales, carried out action research with community members and developed open-source toolkits for action on demand reduction, monitoring and evaluation. The project was funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council. Consortium members Sarah Darby (UOXF) was involved as partner and Jenny Palm as international adviser.

SONNET (Social Innovation in Energy Transitions)

SONNET aims to assess and evaluate potential social innovations in the energy sector. The NEWCOMERS project will engage with this sister project, funded under the same EU funding call, to share insights and analysis as they progress.

The main aim of COMPILE is to show the opportunities of energy islands for decarbonisation of energy supply, community building and creating environmental and socioeconomic benefits.

The NEWCOMERS project will take into account the technological solutions that are brought about in FlexCOOP, which aims to equip energy cooperatives with innovative tools to exploit consumers' flexibility as dynamic Virtual Power Plants (VPPs) providing balancing and ancillary resources toward grid stability and alleviation of network constraints.