VILAWATT

Innovative local public-private-citizen partnership for energy governance

23/03/2021 09/02/2023

Ongoing

The VILAWATT Transfer Mechanism pilot boosts the energy transition process by setting up a public-private-citizen partnership, where citizens and main social actors play a key role. The priority is to increase citizen commitment and sense of belonging to promote a sustainable energy transition process. Main achievements in the Lead Partner city, Viladecans, include citizens got a saying at the Consortium through the associations linked to it, using a participatory strategy, as they did not exist before. When it comes to energy supply, Vilawatt pools the demand for energy and provides energy to all association members (100% Certified Renewable Energy) Faster energy retrofitting of private buildings.

Viladecans - Spain
  • Trikala - Greece
  • Seraing - Belgium
  • Nagykanizsa - Hungary

Timeline

 

Political Meeting (20/04/2021)

 

Kick-off Meeting - TM1 (05/05/2021)

 

Transnational Meeting 2 - Seraing (06/07/2021 & 08/07/2021)

 

Transnational Meeting 3 - Nagykanizsa (16/11/2021 - 18/11/2021) 

 

 

 

Transnational Meeting 4 - Trikala (02/03/2022 - 03/03/2022)

 

Deep Dive visit to Viladecans (05/07/2022 - 06/07/2022)

 

Final Event in Viladecans (18/10/2022 - 19/10/2022) 

  • Vilawatt UTM celebrates the Final Event

    On 18 and 19 October, Viladecans hosted the final event of the Vilawatt-UTM (URBACT Transfer Mechanism) project. These two days featured a shared, participative presentation of the main goals and results achieved during the URBACT-guided transfer of the innovative Vilawatt-UIA action on the energy transition that has been under way in Viladecans since 2016.

  • Political Voices from Vilawatt UTM

    One of the significant features of the Vilawatt UTM project is bringing together a number of key stakeholders; from companies, citizens, municipality departments, to local authorities.

  • VIlawatt UTM reaches the finish line

    We reach the finish line

    After all the joint work carried out and once all the cities that are part of the project - Viladecans (Spain), Nagykanizsa (Hungary), Seraing (Belgium), Trikala (Greece) - have finished their Investment Plan projects (Springboard Plan in the case of Viladecans) it's time to cross the finish line.

    20 months during which we have been able to share and exchange experiences with the aim of drawing up Investment Plans that help cities to advance in the energy transition. An objective that has been achieved thanks to the work of the Local Support Groups, the teams in each city, the project coordinators, the methods and tools of URBACT... We had the opportunity to share it all with the public, professionals and experts from the EU in an event in Viladecans on October 18 and 19, 2022 (click here to read the article about the Final Event).

  • Vilawatt UTM Deep Dive Interviews

    In July 2022 partner cities had the chance to visit for the first time Viladecans to see Vilawatt project on the site. After more than one year since the beginning of the project, we took the opportunity to interview Vilawatt UTM partner cities and ask their opinion on the project so far.

  • Vilawatt UTM Learning Webinars - Sharing experiences and learning in order to build future Investment Plan

    The Vilawatt URBACT transfer process includes five learning webinars, the mission of which is for the partner cities to deepen their knowledge of the five pillars that make up the Vilawatt Innovative Practice, and thus be able to better address the task of building the future Investment Plan of each city.

    Miriam Martín

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  • Vilawatt UTM Learning Webinars - Energy Communities: a joint response to a global problem

    Vilawatt-URBACT partner cities met again for a new learning webinar to find out more about Energy Communities and their possible relationship with one of the Vilawatt project's pillars: the co-governance model (PPCP).

     

     

    Miriam Martín

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  • Vilawatt UTM Learning Webinars - Energy Pooling & Citizen Engagement in energy efficiency projects

    At the last Transnational Meeting 3, Vilawatt-URBACT partner cities had the opportunity to discuss two of the main pillars of the Vilawatt project in depth through two learning webinars:

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  • Vilawatt Scorecard: when a picture is worth a thousand words

    At the first Transnational Meeting (TM1) with all Vilawatt Project partner cities, last May 2021, a key element that will help guide the transfer process of the Vilawatt Innovative Practice was introduced.

     

     

    Miriam Martín

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  • Vilawatt Scorecard: when a picture is worth a thousand words - TM1

    At the first Transnational Meeting (TM1) with all Vilawatt Project partner cities, last May 2021, a key element that will help guide the transfer process of the Vilawatt Innovative Practice was introduced.

     

     

    Miriam Martín

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  • The Vilawatt-UTM project starts the Adaptation Period by sharing the urban energy transition experiences from Nagykanizsa

    The third transnational meeting (TM3 – 16-18 November) has once again brought together the partner cities of the Vilawatt UIA-URBACT Transfer Mechanism (Vilawatt-UTM) project online to start the second transfer period, the so-called Adaptation Period.

     

     

    Miriam Martín

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  • The Vilawatt project continues efforts in the city of Trikala to promote the energy transition

    https://bit.ly/3bk5SmhThe 4th Vilawatt-UTM Transnational Meeting was held on 2 and 3 March and hosted by the city of Trikala. The two-days online sessions allowed the partner cities to make further progress in the Vilawatt project transfer.

     

     

    Miriam Martín

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  • Viladecans’ innovative governance for Energy Transition

    Smaller cities powering up to fight climate change

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  • The political will: a key point for the success of Vilawatt’s Transferability Plan

    We are always speaking about the main 5 pillars of Vilawatt project: a local energy governance structure; green energy supply; new local currency, new training and assessment services, and increase of retrofitting works. However, political consensus is clearly one additional pillar that we have to keep in mind, as it will be crucial for our project’s success.

    Miriam Martín

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  • Vilawatt project partner cities meet virtually at Seraing - TM2

    The Belgian city of Seraing hosted a virtual meeting on 6 and 8 July - the 2nd Transnational Meeting - involving the four partner cities of the Vilawatt UIA Transfer Mechanism. The gathering was an opportunity to deep dive into Seraing case and focus on the transfer capacities of each of the participating cities to work on the contents and tools that will contribute to a better understanding of the project and to define the next steps to be taken.
     
     

    Miriam Martín

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  • ULG Views, Viladecans

    URBACT Local Groups are key in the construction of partner cities’ Investment Plans & Springboard Plan. They represent the different stakeholders, members from the community, local government, and the private sector, that could make the successful transfer of Vilawatt’s relevant pillars. 

  • ULG Views, Seraing

    URBACT Local Groups are key in the construction of partner cities’ Investment Plans & Springboard Plan. They represent the different stakeholders, members from the community, local government, and the private sector, that could make the successful transfer of Vilawatt’s relevant pillars. 

  • ULG Views, Trikala

    URBACT Local Groups are key in the construction of partner cities’ Investment Plans & Springboard Plan. They represent the different stakeholders, members from the community, local government, and the private sector, that could make the successful transfer of Vilawatt’s relevant pillars. 

  • ULG VIews, Nagykanizsa

    URBACT Local Groups are key in the construction of partner cities’ Investment Plans & Springboard Plan. They represent the different stakeholders, members from the community, local government, and the private sector, that could make the successful transfer of Vilawatt’s relevant pillars. 

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    Vilawatt live and in person

    A group of representatives from the Vilawatt-UTM partner cities visited Viladecans, the city leading the project transfer, on 5 and 6 July to see the results of the Vilawatt model of energy transition in situ.

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    The Vilawatt UTM partner city, Trikala, is one step closer to climate neutrality

    The city of Trikala (Greece) is one of the six Greek municipalities chosen by the EU to be part of the 'Climate Neutral and Smart Cities' mission.

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    Vilawatt disembarks in the Energy Cities Forum and the UIA Just Transitions and Climate Adaptation event

    During the month of April the Vilawatt project has been attending some of the European forums and events on sustainability. 

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    Vilawatt is in Euronews!

    An episode of Smart Regions programme showcases the Vilawatt project. The report underline how power can be saved and managed as a community by getting all the citizens involved