The “demand-side” of the market, actions by citizens as consumers and producers of low carbon energy now play an increasing role in the decarbonization of energy and built environment that are the largest carbon polluters in the EU. The synergies between energy and digital technologies open new opportunities for novel forms of citizen and community action.
We investigate the new digitally mediated energy communities in Finland: the forms and dynamics of digitally enabled citizen energy communities; the presently emerging collaborative business ecosystems related to them; the recent policy reforms and policy coherence related to energy communities as well as the role of the public sector; and potential of wide digitalized participation arenas for elaborating the future pathways of energy communities.
DigiDecarbon is part of a networked competence cluster that is comprised of academic, policy, industry and practitioner actors who focus on the demand side of the energy transition.
This project has received funding from the European Union – NextGenerationEU instrument and is funded by the Research Council of Finland.