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.  Citizens are facilitated to: 

  •       create local energy communities via existing civil society structures.
  •       develop new, for example organisational solutions.
  •       adopt 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 14 partners, led by Gemeente Zaanstad (NL):

  •       Seven cities, provinces, intermunicipal 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

  •       Three universities:

Hogeschool van Amsterdam NL, University of Southern Denmark DK, Ghent University BE

  •       One company: 

Graham Oakes Ltd UK

  •       Three cooperatives:

Coöperatieve WeSpark Zaanstreek NL, Stadsgarage NL, Coöperatie Kennemer Kracht NL.

Latest Project News

Empower TV coming soon

19 January 2022

Want to know how to become an active energy citizen? Or what local governments can do to facilitate energy communities? Make sure to watch EMPOWER T…

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Toolbox for diving into a sea of experience

19 January 2022

The EMPOWER2.0 toolbox offers citizens, authorities and energy communities a guided experience so they can find the most pertinent tools to assist t…

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EMPOWER launches learning module

19 January 2022

A series of four videos embedded in the Empower 2.0 toolbox share learning from pilot projects in the UK, Belgium, the Netherlands and Denmark over …

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The FIX-brigade in Zaanstad

19 January 2022

People with a small budget do not always have the means to make their homes more sustainable, although they would benefit the most from energy effic…

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Collective solar panels on a heritage building in Haarlem Netherlands

19 January 2022

Collective solar parks can also be installed on heritage buildings. This was proven by the cooperative Kennemer Kracht, partner in the Empower 2.0 t…

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