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

The Empower 2.0 team says goodbye

19 October 2022

The entire team behind Empower 2.0 wishes to thank you for the interest in our project and our journey. We hope to have contributed inspiring civilian…

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Teachers learn about the energy transition

14 October 2022

We demonstrated several materials and modules that were developed: our solar cart, our solar boiler, the role-playing game ElectriCity (developed by …

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Extra outputs of EMPOWER2.0 due to project extension

12 October 2022

The Belgian beneficiary Intercommunale Leiedal proposed a set of activities in order to upscale the number of citizens reached and increase the emp…

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Solar Together Essex - highest take up ever!

05 May 2022

Solar Together Essex 2022 has been an overwhelming success – the scheme received more than three times the number of people expected to register thei…

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Middelfart Municipality wins Climate Prize

26 March 2022

The Municipalities' Climate Prize has just been awarded for the first time at the Municipal Policy Summit. It was Middelfart Municipality who - in a s…

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