Event inviteDo we use less electricity if we pay for it immediately? How do gender issues influence the development of solar PVs? Understanding how citizens make energy-related choices is key for the development of efficient policy measures that trigger more sustainable energy practices that enable the transition to low carbon.

The ENABLE.EU team is holding a workshop on 21st June in Paris in French and English with simultaneous interpretation. Join us for coffee starting at 8:30 am and discuss how citizens can and should be involved in the energy transition.

We will discuss research findings with various stakeholders on the topics of prosuming (when consumers produce energy), consumer information and the role that smart meters can play in improving our energy consumption. The event will be introduced by Michel Derdevet, Secretary General of the French DSO Enedis, followed by a keynote by the former European Commissioner for Energy, Andris Piebalgs, who will set the scene for the discussion with a timeline of the involvement of citizens in energy policy in the EU.

The event will then unfold with two round tables, which will begin with the presentation of ENABLE.EU’s research:

Karina Standal from CICERO will talk about how households make the decision to become prosumers and what role gender plays in this decision. The role of citizens in the energy transition will then be discussed by Kathleen Gaffney from the International Agency and Rémi Mayet from DG Energy of the European Commission. Eugénie Bardin from the French renewable energy supplier Enercoop and David Dornbusch from the solar PV company Vertsun will focus on the energy production dimension and how citizens can be empowered in this rising active role.

In the second session, Madeline Werthschulte from the University of Münster will present the ENABLE.EU case study on electricity in Bulgaria, Germany, Serbia and the UK. The topic of smart meters will be specifically addressed as there has been much debate around the technology. Hervé Champenois from French DSO Enedis will represent France’s Linky while Liene Lauceniece-Ivaninoka will bring the perspective of the Latvian DSO Sadales Tikls. Consumer views will be highlighted by Marine Cornelis from NextEnergyConsumer while Julien Gorintin from the start-up Wivaly will show how smart meter data can be used to help consumers understand their consumption.

Audience participation will be strongly valued, and dicussions will continue at a cocktail lunch, and for the curious, a visit of the Enedis exhibit.

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About ENABLE.EU

The Energy Union Framework Strategy laid out on 25 February 2015 has embraced a citizens-oriented energy transition based on a low-carbon transformation of the energy system. The success of the energy transition pillar in the Energy Union will hinge upon the social acceptability of the necessary reforms and on the public engagement in conceptualizing, planning, and implementing low carbon energy transitions. The ENABLE.EU project will aim to define the key determinants of individual and collective energy choices in three key consumption areas – transportation, heating & cooling, and electricity – and in the shift to prosumption (users-led initiatives of decentralised energy production and trade). The project will also investigate the interrelations between individual and collective energy choices and their impact on regulatory, technological and investment decisions. The analysis will be based on national household and business surveys in 11 countries, as well as research-area-based comparative case studies.

The ENABLE.EU project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme under grant agreement 727524.