CEES launches Survey to find out ‘who’ is doing ‘what’ to tackle energy poverty.

With the ultimate aim of creating an Energy Solidarity Toolkit of good practices to tackle energy poverty, CEES is inviting energy communities across Europe to let us know what they are already doing!

The CEES Survey will gather knowledge and insights that will help shape the project and boost engagement and collaboration. 


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Invitations to participate in the Survey are being distributed (via email and social media) by CEES partners, across their European and local community energy networks. To extend its reach, the Survey and associated communications materials are available in ten languages: Croatian, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Polish, Portuguese and Spanish. CEES invites everyone to share the Survey links among their own networks and on SoMe platforms.

Objectives of the CEES Survey

The CEES Survey is the first step in the project’s overall strategy to promote broader uptake among energy communities of good practices to tackle energy poverty by piloting and assessing existing mechanisms and measures. The Survey has three overarching aims.

  1. Gather knowledge, information data and insights regarding:
    • The extent to which energy communities in the EU and UK are taking steps to address energy poverty including:
      • ways they identify and engage with energy-poor households
      • mechanisms and measures they apply to alleviate energy poverty and
      • data they gather to analyse and understand their impact.
    • The degree to which energy communities are interested in starting to tackle energy poverty or to add new mechanisms and measures to existing programmes.
  2. Shape project implementation: Results from the Survey will be used by CEES partner ALIenergy to develop a draft Energy Solidarity Toolkit featuring a range of good practices to alleviate energy poverty. In 2022-23, CEES partners will choose mechanisms and measures to pilot within their existing programmes, ideally filling gaps or enhancing existing services. In parallel, the University of Birmingham will set up frameworks by which CEES partners can assess the effectiveness of pilots. Actions that demonstrate clear benefits to households will be featured in a final Energy Solidarity Toolkit, to be launched in 2024.
  3. Boost engagement by energy communities: The Energy Solidarity Toolkit will be most valuable for supporting efforts to alleviate energy poverty if it is comprehensive in scope and adequately reflects diverse contexts within the EU and the UK. Beyond completing the Survey, energy communities will have opportunity to participate in CEES in other ways, such as through interviews, submitting case studies or blogs, or opting to also pilot a good practice mechanism (or several).

Survey development: The CEES Survey was developed by CEES partners ALIenergy, University of Birmingham and Rescoop.

Update on this article: the Open Call has now closed. The Survey findings can be found here.

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The CEES project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 101026972.