LECo Conference

WEDNESDAY 11.11.2020 9.00 – 12.00

Final Conference for Local Energy Communities, LECo Project

The transition to a low-carbon economy is one of the key priorities of the European Union. And local energy communities are key to success. LECo project, co-funded by the Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme, has supported the development of local community energy projects. This event presents key lessons and how they can be part of the bigger picture to reach EU’s energy, climate and sustainability targets.

Who should attend?
• Decision-makers of local and regional public authorities
• Technicians of local and regional public authorities
• Energy planning facilitators (energy agencies, clusters)
• Academia

Why attend?
• Learn how 3 Northern European regions have successfully developed cooperative and sustainable energy models
• Discover the tools developed now available to you to start your own community empowerment energy project
• Discuss with experts how peripheral and central regions in Europe can work towards the same goals

Local Energy Communities: Pathways in a sustainable and renewable future 

Host: Ryotaro Kajimura, Project Manager, Renewable Energies Agency, Germany

SESSION 1: Introduction and Keynote Address
09.00Opening Words
09.05Why Local Energy Matters: Introduction to LECo
Marko Forsell, R&D director, Centria University of Applied Sciences
Climate Action, Renewable Energy and Value Added – Opportunities for Regional Development
Bertram Fleck, Former District Administrator of the Rhein-Hunsrück District, Germany
9.35Small Communities in the SET (Sustainable Energy Transition) Focus
Pekka Peura, Senior Adviser, VEBIC – Vaasa Energy Business Innovation Centre, Finland
SESSION 2: Communities and the Energy Transition
09.55 How to Accelerate the Energy Transition in NPA Communities
Ian Brannigan, Head of Regional Development, the Western Development Commission, Ireland
10.15Community Energy Planning
Robert Fischer, Researcher, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden
10.35Virtual Coffee Break, Networking, Posters and Pilot Videos
10.50Community Energy Tool Kit: What YOU Can Get Out of LECo
Silva Herrman, Project Manager, Jokkmokk community, Sweden
SESSION 3: Pilot Communities from LECo
11.05How to become an energy champion: Development of Exemplary Projects
Aisling Nic Aoidh, Project Officer and EU Projects Co-ordinator, Údarás na Gaeltachta, Ireland
11.25Panel discussion: Transnational Comparisons, Transferability and Lessons Learnt
Closure of the Seminar