EMPOWER 2.0 is the abbreviation of Empowering the citizens - Towards European Energy Market 2.0 (Enabling More People’s OWnership in Energy tRansition).


The project aims to demonstrate and accelerate the empowerment of citizens to become active energy citizens - and to create local energy communities via existing civil society structures - through development of new solutions (e.g. organisational) and adoption of new, emerging and existing solutions for energy ownership.  This will lead to an increase of energy awareness and renewable energy production, and hence reduce the environmental footprint in the North Sea Region.


EMPOWER2.0 is an Interreg North Sea Region funded project with 15 partners, led by Gemeente Zaanstad (NL):

  • 7 cities/provinces/intermuncipality organisations (Gemeente Zaanstad (NL), Provincie West-Vlaanderen (BE), Essex County Council (UK), Southend on Sea Borough Council (UK), Middelfart Kommune (DK), Gemeente Haarlem (NL), Intercommunale Leiedal (BE))
  • 3 universities (Hogeschool van Amsterdam (NL), University of Southern Denmark (DK), Ghent University (BE))
  • 2 companies (Gate2Growth (DK), Graham Oakes Ltd (UK))
  • 3 cooperatives (Coöperatieve WeSpark Zaanstreek (NL), Stadsgarage (NL), Coöperatie Kennemer Energie (NL)).

Latest Project News

Kennemer Kracht puts solar panel installation in Ijmuiden (NL) into operation

05 June 2020

In the week of 20 April, 80 solar panels of the neighborhoud installation on the roof of 'Stormvogels' in Ijmuiden (NL) have been installed.  This is…

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Webinar | Energy Community Pilot, transfo zwevegem

25 May 2020

We talked with PhD student Hakim Azaioud of Ghent University, who gave a successful webinar 2 weeks ago to students in Sustainable Energy System Manag…

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Corona does not slow down sustainable development: online citizen meetings may pave the way!

18 May 2020

Bringing big group of citizens together is not easy these days. The municipality of Middelfart in Denmark however did find a way to involve the citize…

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EMPOWER2.0 webinar, inspired by co2mmunity, 31/3/2020 - 1/4/2020

21 January 2020

While the world physically is closed due to Corona, lessons on citizen participation in clean energy transition is travelling fast between the Baltic …

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Press release: Official launch PV-roof of Haarlem (NL) pilot, 14-01-2020

21 January 2020

Press release

On Tuesday 14 January, the official opening took place of the Haarlem (NL) pilot, the PV installation on the sports hall of omnisp…

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