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PROSEU

Prosumers for the Energy Union: mainstreaming active participation of citizens in the energy transition

2018 - 2020

PROSEU is an EU-funded research project, bringing together 11 project partners from 7 European countries (Universities, research institutes and consultancies, non-governmental and non-profit organisations). It aims to enable the mainstreaming of the Renewable Energy (RE) Prosumer phenomenon into the European Energy Union. Prosumers are active energy users who both produce and consume energy from renewable sources.

The growth of RE Prosumerism all over Europe challenges current energy market structures and institutions. PROSEU’s research focuses on collectives of RE Prosumers and will investigate new business models, market regulations, infrastructural integration, technology scenarios and energy policies across Europe. The team will work together with RE Prosumer Initiatives (15 Living Labs), policymakers and other stakeholders from eight countries, following a quasi-experimental approach to learn how RE Prosumer communities, start-ups and businesses are dealing with their own challenges. It will also determine what incentive structures will enable the mainstreaming of RE Prosumerism, while safeguarding citizen participation, inclusiveness and transparency.

Moving beyond a case by case and fragmented body of research on RE Prosumers, PROSEU will build an integrated knowledge framework for a cross-sectoral understanding of RE Prosumerism, through a comprehensive identification and assessment of incentive structures to enable mainstreaming RE Prosumers in the context of the energy transition.

The project is coordinated by the University of Lisbon. ICLEI is mainly responsible for the development and implementation of the communication, dissemination and exploitation strategy, including the creation of a Prosumer Community of Interest.

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N°764056.