ACCESS concludes - project results available at

04 May 2023 - Published by Sophie Rabasch

After four years of testing and implementing the future of local energy systems, ACCESS has come to end. Want to use the knowledge we collected to advance your local energy transition? Read about everything we learnt at:

Some of the achievements of our partners:

🔋☀ Gemeente Amersfoort developed two battery pilots, including the first smart battery in the city offering storage-as-a-service to the grid.

🔌 🚗 Stad Mechelen built an advanced e-mobility hub including two of the first vehicle-to-grid chargers in Flanders and an innovative energy-sharing scheme between building energy users.

🔋🚘 Malmö stad built an e-mobility hub ready for the renewable transition, with 120 EV chargers, a 220kW battery and an advanced energy management system to ease strain on the grid.

🔁 ⚡ West Suffolk Council saved over £316,000 a year for business through a peer-to-peer trading system and energy efficiency services

🛠 ⚡ Knowledge partners Aarhus UniversityJohanneberg Science Park ABIfM Engage and project lead VITO / EnergyVille developed tools and resources to help other local authorities advance their transition.

These efforts were supported with project management and communications from Bax & Company.

🔹 The key lesson we learnt?

Local authorities are the only organisation with the trust, authority and mandate to lead the local energy transition. Leading means:

✏ Strategic planning
Turning your energy planning into a holistic approach for urban development

👨‍🔧 👩‍🔧 Convening
Getting people in the room and facilitating collaboration

🏆 Role modelling
Building pilots, partnerships and services that inspire, offer proof and increase trust

Next up for ACCESS local authorities? Upscaling. The ACCESS partners will take what they learnt during the project to continue their journey to local energy system leadership.

Congratulations to all the partners for their work advancing local energy systems!

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