Through the creation of multiple energy communities as pilot project, TANDEMS will develop and test models of cooperation between citizens, local governments and energy communities. In doing so, new ways of partnerships and collaboration methods will be explored and reviewed. Starting from a local level but throughout different regions in Europe will allow the TANDEMS project to build up a wide supporting framework for community energy, which can be widely replicated in the EU.
TANDEMS brings together multiple European regions, which share one goal: to empower and facilitate the participation of citizens in clean energy transition. The regions participating are: Province of Antwerp in Flanders (BELGIUM), Region of Achterhoek in province Gelderland (NETHERLANDS), Municipality of Burgas and Gabrovo (BULGARIA) and City of Vienna (AUSTRIA).
The cooperation between these regions brings to the project rich and extensive knowledge of different, locally based instruments, barriers and opportunities that are revelant for the creation of energy communities. With this knowledge TANDEMS can build a wide variety of models for setting up, training, implementing and running energy communities including collaboration and dialogue between various local actors such as municipalities, policy makers or citizens. TANDEMS also aims to use these models in pilot energy communities in order to test their effectiveness and obtain results accurate enough to develop reliable strategies for energy communities and citizen engagement.
The project aims to activate 67 community energy projects, support and/or create 23 citizen-led initiatives and trigger RES generation of 10.15 GWh/year.