The CEES consortium strategically draws on the individual and collective experience of active energy communities, connects them to academics who can bring rigour to analysis of their actions, and taps into the expertise of advocacy and awareness-raising teams that can facilitate engagement of diverse target audiences and stakeholder groups.  

Energy community partners

  • ALIenergy (UK) applies innovative approaches to identify people at risk of energy poverty and enable them to access assistance schemes.
  • Coopérnico (PT) provides cooperative loans for communities exploring decentralised, sustainable energy systems.
  • Enercoop (FR), through Energie Solidairecollects microdonations on energy bills as well as energy donations to support local  programmes tackling energy poverty across France.
  • Les 7 Vents (FR) works directly with communities to enable energy efficiency improvements.
  • Repowering (UK) forefronts community energy schemes that put people at the heart of a just energy transition.
  • (EU) is the European federation of citizen energy cooperatives, bringing together 1 900 initiatives and their 1.25 mln citizens who are active in the energy transition.
  • ZEZ (CR) represents numerous energy cooperatives across Europe, as well as facilitating sustainable finance schemes via their online platform.


  • University of Birmingham (UK) will ensure the CEES project aligns with the most up-to-date research, developing relevant people-centered frameworks for action and evaluation.

Advocacy & awareness


CEES Advisory Board

The CEES consortium will draw on the expertise of an Advisory Board, composed of researchers and experts representing several countries and diverse institutions. This Board will be a direct resource to CEES partners,  providing advice and input based on existing projects and knowledge on energy poverty to improve the solutions developed.

Marine Cornelis (FR)

Executive Director, NextEnergyConsumer,
a European consultancy on social aspects of the energy transition

Jean-Marc Guillemeau (BE)
Centre interdisciplinaire de formation des formateurs,
University of Liége

Marie Moisan (FR) 

Network coordinator,
a fuel poverty action network

Júlia Seixas (PT)

FCT / Nova University,
Dept of Environmental Sciences and  coordinator of the first Portuguese Energy Poverty Map

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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.