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 2.0 meets complementary Interreg programmes

13 July 2021

During a recent roundtable session, a group of coordinators and leaders from seven Interreg projects in the Netherlands and Belgium got together. They…

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Students involved in EMPOWER 2.0 win Golden Dot Award

13 July 2021

The group developed an interactive map that shows which municipality is on the right track by comparing different municipalities, displaying where the…

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Opening of the collective solar roof at Mendel College (Haarlem)

01 July 2021

With a smaller group than planned (due to the corona measures), including about ten local residents who participate in the solar roof, the collective …

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Regional Energy Participation - Collective solar roofs: obstacles? The solutions of cooperatives!

01 July 2021

On Tuesday night, 15 June, the Stichting Stadsgarage organised this action session in collaboration with Stichting Kennemer Energie, Coöperatie Kennem…

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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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