Exploring energy saving policy measures by renewable energy supplying cooperatives (REScoops)

Franciscus H.J.M. Coenen, Thomas Hoppe, Georgios Chalkiadakis, Theocharis Tsoutsos, Charilaos Akasiadis

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Cooperatives for renewable energy supply (REScoops) provide their members renewably generated energy within a cooperative model that enables members to co-decide on the cooperative’s future. REScoops do not only collectively own renewable energy production facilities and supply this to their members, they also use their specific position as energy suppliers to take several actions to persuade their members to save energy. Although the activities that REScoops undertake to some extent resemble those of other organizations, because of their particular organisational and business model as citizens initiatives, the cooperative model, REScoops are supposed to be very well positioned for activities to influence and help their members to save energy. The paper discusses arguments why the REScoop model in energy supply can be an important contributor to reduce energy use by their members. Further this paper discusses measures that have been undertaken by REScoops studied in the REScoop Plus project. We use some illustrative examples to discuss if REScoops are in a relatively good position to take certain measures and succeed in persuading customers to lower their energy consumption level and elaborate on future experiments to explore the proposition that REScoop members save more energy due to actions of these REScoops towards their members.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationeceee 2017 Summer Study on energy efficiency
Subtitle of host publicationConsumption, efficiency and limits
ISBN (Electronic)978-91-983878-1-0
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • household consumption
  • behaviour
  • tool
  • policies and measures
  • electricity savings


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