Renewable energy cooperatives as a stimulating factor in household energy savings

Thomas Hoppe, Frans H.J.M. Coenen, Maria T. Bekendam

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Little is known about how renewable energy cooperatives (REScoops) try to influence energy conservation among households and the resulting impact. In this article the main research question is: What is the predictive value of renewable energy cooperatives on intention to save energy, engagement in energy-saving actions, and self-reported energy conservation by households? A survey was conducted to answer this question. Data analysis involved multivariate and binary logistic regression on data from two cooperatives: Ecopower (Belgium; N = 1000) and Enercoop (France; N = 8290). Results show that in addition to psychological and socio-demographic variables, REScoop items modestly contribute to the explained variation in engagement in energy-saving actions and reported energy conservation. At Enercoop 18.2% of the respondents indicated that their cooperative contributed to household energy savings; for Ecopower this figure was 36.9%. Moreover, at Enercoop, 38.7% of the respondents reported consuming less energy since obtaining cooperative membership; at Ecopower this was 64.7%. The article concludes with suggestions for future research.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1188
JournalEnergies
Volume12
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 Mar 2019

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Renewable Energy
Energy Conservation
Energy Saving
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Multivariate Data Analysis
Binary Regression
Logistic Regression
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Keywords

  • Community energy
  • Energy conservation
  • Energy consumption behavior
  • Energy efficiency
  • Energy savings
  • Grassroots initiative
  • Renewable energy cooperative

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Renewable energy cooperatives as a stimulating factor in household energy savings. / Hoppe, Thomas; Coenen, Frans H.J.M.; Bekendam, Maria T.

In: Energies, Vol. 12, No. 7, 1188, 27.03.2019.

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