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 energy of Empower 2.0

14 October 2021

Empowering means bringing energy to people, literally and metaphorically. But when after a long dark corona time the Empower 2.0 members join again, …

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Thoughtful renovation? Vredesstraat 6 Menen project sets an example for the region

04 October 2021

Commissioned by the City of Menen, the Renovation Coach of Intercommunale Leiedal renovated a house of the Social House of the City of Menen into an e…

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Wespark brings together enthousiast prosumers in the Zaan region

28 September 2021

For the first time, the energy cooperative Wespark set up a 'Friends of WeSpark' event in the Stoomhal in Wormer The Netherlands. The organisation wi…

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An exercise in green business traveling

28 September 2021

Early October 2021 the partners from the Interreg NSR EMPOWER 2.0 will meet in the small city of Vejle in Denmark. Partners from Denmark, southern U…

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Empowering toolkit for local energy, under construction

28 September 2021

Through pilots, meetings and exchange of experience Empower 2.0 searches to empower the groups of citizens and businesses in a new role as energy pr…

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