Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) aspects of the Clean Energy Transition call

Recently we have been working with FEUGA (Fundación Empresa Universidad Gallega) on a proposal for Citizens and industrial technologies call (NMBP-38-2020), SOCKET project. The proposal didn’t go through, but FEUGA reached back to us for another call they are interested in.

Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) aspects of the Clean-Energy transition (RIA) in 2020 has a subtopic Energy Citizenship.

Proposals are expected to examine the factors affecting the emergence and effectiveness of energy citizenship and its potential for achieving the decarbonisation of the energy system and focus on one or several of the following questions:

- Is energy citizenship more likely to emerge locally, or at regional, national or supranational levels? For what reasons?
- What is the relative importance of processes internal to relevant social groups (e.g., creating trust and connection, finding shared goals and solutions, building coalitions), as opposed to external environmental variables (e.g., relative openness of institutional or corporate environments, availability of sympathetic interlocutors, access to financial or other sources of support, legal or other obstacles)?
- What impact does the digitisation of the energy system and the proliferation of social media have on the emergence and consolidation of energy citizenship?
- Under what conditions is energy citizenship conducive to reaching broader policy goals, particularly the decarbonisation of the energy system, and under what conditions does it have the opposite effect?

Deadline: 01/09

They currently do not have a particular proposal, but with the University of Vigo they could contribute with the expertise in socioeconomic analysis, best practices, state of the art …etc., along with citizen engagement, communication and dissemination. A pilot case could be deployed in their region. They are willing to help build the consortium and find the coordinator.

Now, since this is EarthOS topic we could try to put the consortium together, maybe even propose a concept note @alberto? I know we talked about various energy calls @andreja but can’t remember were you considering this one? What do you think and do you know anyone working on it?

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Not for this one, but I am in the contact with one regional energy agency from Croatia who is working on several energy H2020 calls, so I can ask them for their feedback and even for the partnership.

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I had a call with my colleague, who is director of the regional energy agency and they are interested, especially in these energy citizenship topics, since they are involved in these activities in their region. They have experience in working in many H2020 projects with and on behalf of public authorities, so it could be an advantage for this project proposal and for the implementation of pilot action activities in their region too (if it is something the project consortium will agree on). They can contribute both in project development and implementation phase and they are ready to take part in writing parts.
But also, I believe that here we can offer our standard WP, with some adjustment and even ask Climate-KIC if FEUGA will not be able to find a lead partner.

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Good news! So we could build the consortium, but who could take the lead on the scientific part? We would need the concept note to begin with…

Climate-KIC? They were interested to be involved in H2020 projects as coordinator, what do you think @alberto? And the energy agency could support with their expertise and knowledge. Or we can check with FEUGA if they maybe found an interested lead partner in the meantime.

Ok, guys. Here is what I propose.

  1. We build a consortium with: C-KIC as a leading partner; possibly the Messina People’s Energy Company (ping @giacomo.pinaffo) ; and involve The Reef Network somehow, especially Fondazione Innovazione Civica in Bologna.
  2. The proposal looks at the viability of highly resilient model: local, autonomous, “hackery” etc.
  3. The “digitization and social media” angle takes on an open source flavor: can good, free-and-open tools for collaboration (from wikis to Arduino) really enable @matthias’s dream of a neighbourhood 24V DC grid?
  4. I can write a concept note, after a 20 mins check-in with Matt.
  5. I suggest that @marina and @andreja organize a meeting to run the idea past the possible partners.

… but I am a bit worried about a possible overlap between U Vigo and us. What are your thoughts, @marina? I would rather solve this before I write my concept note.

This is difficult to say as I don’t know them well, but I’m sure there are different ways they could contribute. I think it would be the best to have the concept and then reach out to them to check if they see a fit in the parts we identify as “weaker” in the sense no one from the partners you listed above can cover the tasks.

First stab to a concept note done. Meet PARTENAIRE (PARTicipation for ENergy Autonomy, Innovation and REsilience. :laughing:

I think it’s an elegant move:

  • goes into LTDD, so we can add value for C-KIC, while tying the project in with the EU Green New Deal.
  • regional dimension – allows us to talk to DG REGIO
  • very participatory – great call for that!
  • community dimension – we can reel in one or two of the more active members in The Reef network.

Cc @matthias @nadia @noemi @hugi.

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