ROLECS - Roll out of local energy communities

Flux 50 ICON
Renewable energy
Behavioral change

How to gain a deeper understanding of the end users’ motivations and barriers towards Local Energy Communities (LECs)?

These communities, following up EU policy on energy, create a landscape that is more sustainable and with active participation of the end-consumer/producer (the so-called prosumer). The project is a cooperation between different Flemish research institutes and companies active in the energy sectors.

We at imec-mict-UGent are doing a combination of quantitative and qualitative research at Flemish LEC pilot sites and surveying non-participants, understanding: What triggers users to set up a LEC or join a new LEC initiative? When participating in a LEC, what triggers users to actively contribute and maximally change its behaviour in the interest of the LEC? How does one effectively communicate with participants? What makes the LEC as a concept acceptable for all stakeholders in the energy sector and outside, i.e. all actors directly or indirectly affected by the roll out of LECs.

Partners: Th!nk E, ABB, Wattson, Thermovault, Enervalis, Energent, 3E, DuCoop, Farys, Ingenium, Engie Electrabel, Quares Facility Mgt, Engie Laborelec, OpenMotics, Metha, Blixt, Magenta Tree, Fieldfisher, Powerdale, Antea, Aspiravi Energy, 70GigiWatt Consulting, C-Valley Leuven, KBC Bank, Fluvius System Operator, imec IDLab - Ghent University; imec.LivingLabs, The Institute for European Studies (IES) - VUB, VITO, EnergyVille, KU Leuven - Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis, KU Leuven CiTiP, KU Leuven/ESAT/Electa

Project Duration: 01/01/2019 - 31/12/2021



Contact: Jelle Saldien