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

New official EMPOWER2.0 VIDEO: Enabling More People’s OWnership in Energy tRansition

18 June 2021

Over the next decades, citizens and communities of citizens will have an increasingly crucial role to play in the production of renewable energy. The …

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Competition to boost energetic renovation of collective houses

16 June 2021

Leiedal's renovation coach is trying to convince as many people as possible to renovate their homes energy efficiently in order to achieve the 2050 cl…

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Baltic Sea Region meets North Sea Region in pairing partner meeting

03 June 2021

Baltic Sea Region meets North Sea Region: in a webinar last week, projects from the UK and Denmark provided inspiration for co-operation between succe…

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Guest Lecture | All about energy communities, the Transfo Zwevegem Pilot and DC distribution systems

21 May 2021

Just like last academic year PhD researcher Hakim Azaioud gave a guest lecture to students in Sustainable Energy System Management at the HOWEST Unive…

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WeSpark and Parteon look for participants in pilot project

07 May 2021

WeSpark and housing corporation Parteon are looking for 200 homes that want to participate in a pilot project. Together with the residents, we're goin…

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