Energy Village 3.0 is one of the pilot solutions developed in Ostrobothnia as a results of the Call launched by the RIPEET project.  Aktion Österbotten, the organisation implementing the solutions, will develop and pilot a new organisational model for developing strategies for smart energy villages that taps into the knowledge potential and local resources available. The model activates and enhances the capacity of villages and rural areas to deal with energy self-sufficiency and resilience. The organisational model is piloted through a co-creation process in one village.

Where?

Esse (In Swedish) – Ähtävä (In Finnish), a village in the municipality of Pedersöre


Why?

Need for more citizen-led energy initiatives and local energy communities in the region of Ostrobothnia”

In September 2022 a call for Innovative energy solutions in Ostrobothnia was launched as part of the RIPEET project. The call was specifically meant to identify energy solutions connecting local resources to local solutions, a challenge that emerged from the RIPEET report, mapping and analysing the energy transition ecosystem in Ostrobothnia. 

3 key challenges identified related to this need were:

Lack of networks connecting regional actors such as citizens and energy experts

Lack of support for citizen-led energy initiatives

Lack of dialogue on important issues for policy development supporting local energy solutions

The solution aims to strengthen the knowledge of the village network of Ostrobothnia in their energy choices.

For this purpose, the co-creation process will lead into a way to build such energy strategies for the villages that tap into the whole potential of skills and ideas in the villageLooking specifically at the selected pilot village, the objective is to enhance the village’s large potential for energy self-sufficiency and resilience by exploring the possibilities to develop energy system solutions consisting of both local renewable energy production and local storage. The innovativeness of the organizational model lies in reconfiguring social practices.​​​​​​​

Objectives


Creating new actor networks that links regional research actors with rural and village actors 

Creating a new role of village associations within the themes of renewable energy and self-sufficiency. 


Expected results

In the pilot, the expected result is to develop and pilot an “ideal model” for developing strategies for smart energy villages and activating rural areas to deal with energy self-sufficiency and resilience.

These strategies will enable villages to apply for funding for developing and implementing local energy initiatives, and in this way increase the number of local energy communities in the region of Ostrobothnia.

Who?

  • Local Action Group: Aktion Österotten – pilot solution provider, manages the Leader Programme and related funding on a regional level, intermediary actor that can reach and bring together grassroot actors and link these to other key stakeholders in the regional innovation ecosystem.
  • Esse Elektro-Kraft: Local utility company focusing on new renewable energy production and energy storage solutions by using second life batteries
  • Research: University of Vaasa VEBIC, Vaasa Energy Business Innovation Centre – developer of Energy Village concept and process methodology, leading research on Energy Transition Management and Resilient Energy Systems
  • People and society: Esse Byarådet – Local Village Council – key actor in outlining the village strategy, initiating village development projects and in implementing key actions resulting from the pilot co-creation process. The village council have had a key role in reaching out to and engaging citizens to take part in the co-creation process. All co-creation events have been held in the facilities of the Local Village Council.
  • Government – Pedersöre municipality – responsible for spatial planning enabling renewable energy production in the Esse village.

Do you want to learn more about it?

Get in touch!

Energy Village 3.0

Mathias Högbacka, Executive Director at Aktion Österbotten

mathias.hogbacka@aktion.fi