About

Le projet Lightness vise à donner aux citoyens les moyens de produire, de partager et de vendre de l’énergie renouvelable et de contribuer ainsi à rendre le secteur énergétique européen plus durable et démocratique.

Communautés énergétiques citoyennes?

Les communautés énergétiques citoyennes sontdéfinies par la Commission européenne comme des entités juridiques, composées d’associations de citoyens, de coopératives, d’autorités locales et d’entreprises, qui s’associent pour participer au système électrique. Ces communautés permettent à leurs membres de jouer plus facilement un rôle actif dans la transition énergétique et de bénéficier d’avantages économiques, sociaux et environnementaux.

Le Projet Lightness:

We align with the strong belief that the future EU electricity system is a distributed and open-market one. CECs will play a main role in engaging citizens to unlock their full potential in their communities’ energy solutions. CECs will ensure energy security and expand the use of Renewable Energy Sources (RES).

For such an endeavour, the Lightness Project has assembled a multidisciplinary and international team of 13 partner organizations , and 5 pilot sites across 8 EU countries.

Objectifs

Promouvoir un accès
démocratique à l'énergie

Mettre en œuvre des solutions technologiques

Évaluer les impacts environnementaux, sociaux et économiques

Élaborer des lignes directrices et des feuilles de route politiques

Créer de nouveaux partenariats et modèles commerciaux

Faire connaître cette nouvelle
culture énergétique

Promote democratic
access to energy

Promote democratic
access to energy

We will demonstrate all the benefits of the Lightness project, both technical and social, through validation in 5 pilot sites located in The Netherlands, Poland, France, Italy and Spain. This will also show that these benefits can be a reality at your community. Lightness has the potential to expand to support community building in other sites, and promote democratic access to energy overall.

Implement
technological solutions

Implement technological solutions

through low cost, customizable, user-friendly and secure Hardware and Software solutions that count with:
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Data analytics capabilities
  • Blockchain
  • Smart Contracts
  • Optimization
  • Model-predictive control
  • Gaming services

These solutions would be able to operate in any CEC facilitating collective self-production/consumption and community trading of energy, among others.

Assess environmental, social and economic impact

Assess environmental, social and economic impact

Through a user-friendly “Digital Twin” assessment tool, Lightness will account for techno-economic, social, legal, and environmental indicators to evaluate CECs and their full potential.

Based on the Intelligent Communities Lifecycle (ICL) software of IES, Lightness will analyze energy use in communities from multiple angles and at large scale. This allows a complete impact assessment for designing and implementing a CEC.

Develop guidelines and
political roadmaps

Develop guidelines and
political roadmaps

Lightness will develop policy recommendations for the implementation of CECs at local and national level in the pilot cases, and at EU level. This objective places special attention to the regulation of flexibility* in the market and the accessibility to the different actors in the energy value chain. This will support governments and energy agencies in driving the energy transition while also empowering consumers via the CECs.

* Flexibility is the ability of a power system to maintain continuous service in the face of rapid and large swings in supply or demand.

Create new partnerships
and business models

Create new partnerships and business models

To make CECs the new normal in Europe, Lightness will innovative in type of partnerships, business models, and financing mechanisms across different stakeholders and contexts. These innovations will ensure that CECs are sustainable beyond the life of the project. We will pay particular attention to scalability and replicability, not only in the EU but beyond, through the Troya environment association in Turkey and Tragsatec in America and Africa.

Spread the word about
this new energy culture

Spread the word about
this new energy culture

There are many benefits of creating Citizen Energy Communities and are worthy of spreading. Lightness will produce a national engagement plan for each pilot site including participatory processes, gamification, professional workshops, etc.

The objective is to support the various stakeholders including residential consumers, managers/occupants in tertiary buildings, professionals in the smart grid sector, ESCOs, Aggregators, Utilities, DSOs, etc., in their efforts to become engaged in the creation and management of the CECs.

Le rendu du projet consistera à la réalisation concrète des cinq projets pilotes à travers l'Europe et un ensemble d'apprentissages sur le cadre de développement des communautés énergétiques citoyennes..

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