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Chairman: Prof. Lucia Ruggeri – Full Professor, Director of the School of Specialization in Civil Law, University of Camerino, Italy

WORKSHOP’S ORGANIZING COMMITTEE: Lucia Ruggeri, Roberto Garetto, Manuela Giobbi and Federico Pascucci

Day: 9 Dec, 2021 || Time: 11:30 h || Duration: 2 h

Description: An economy based on fossil energy is neither competitive, nor sustainable, and the transition to an energy system based on renewable sources is no more an option, but a necessity. One of the most important elements of this transition is the energy market’s changing, with its transformation from a centralized system to an open one with several production units, and the birth of the prosumer, i.e. a consumer who becomes a producer of energy, active on this new market. Helping the energy consumers to become prosumers, increasing their knowledge and awareness about the benefits of this transformation, are fundamental steps to achieve the Agenda ONU 2030 goals and can contribute in contrasting climate change and energy poverty. In this context the birth of a Charter that will show the fundamental rights and duties of the prosumer which have to be recognised and protected by every single State is considered strategically important.

The main goal of the workshop is to show the Prosumer’s Chart and to open a discussion, moderated by one of the ECPE research group’s members, on its content with the main objective to implement it through impressions, suggestions and even critics. Another objective is to share information about the function and working of energy communities, giving legal and practice informations and showing case studies.

At the end of the workshop all participants (experts, researchers and professionals interested in energy transition) will be involved in the open discussion about the Prosumer’s Charter and the arguments of the speakers’ works, aimed to improve the contents of the Charter itself. Naturally, participation in the discussion is voluntary.


Workshop Chairman: Prof. Manuel Feliu Rey - Full professor at University “Carlos III” Madrid, Spain

Prof. Lucia Ruggeri  - Full Professor, Director of the School of Specialization in Civil Law, University of Camerino, Italy
Opening speech: How far we have come, how far we still have to go: how Energy Communities can help Prosumerism"

Manuela Giobbi - PHD, University of Camerino, Italy.
Analysis of the Prosumer’s Charter’s proposal.

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  • Global views on Prosumerism +

    Marine Cornelis - Executive Director and Founder, Next Energy Consumer, Turin, Italy.Building a Just Energy Transition supposes providing Access to Energy JusticeAbstract. Energy consumers have rights, including the right to access justice if they have a problem with their energy supplier. Complaints are useful for taking stock of markets and understanding where systemic interventions are needed. But for some people, especially the poorest and most vulnerable, accessing justice and redress is an uphill struggle: knowing your rights, knowing who to turn to, getting past the bureaucracy. Just Energy has been investigating for 4 years how consumers turn to competent bodies, such as ombudsmen. We have seen that these organisations, although willing to help, can also feel powerless. As a result, we have produced a toolkit that will enable them to respond to different forms of vulnerability and become real allies in building a just transition.
  • Prosumerism in America’s Final, Arctic Frontier- Moving Forward +

    Art Nash - Associate Professor of University of Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska, USAAbstract. Though USDA utility co-ops have been providing power this past century for many Alaskans primarily on the backs of dam hydro, coal, diesel, natural gas, there have always been homesteaders and lodges creating their own power via nano grids (40kW or less) due to isolation. Likewise, the past half century has seen a large outcropping of over 100 remote, enclaved communities microgrids (100kW and above) utilizing renewables due to the difficulties of diesel transport and pricing. Yet during the last couple decades even the masses on the road system prosumer entrepreneurs have been developing collaboratives to generate their own (and excess) power with specific wood, solar and micro-hydro projects. Attend and hear from America’s only arctic state, the Last Frontier, on these efforts!
  • ADR & Prosumers - The Case of Greece +

    Dr. Vassiliki Koumpli - Senior Research Fellow, GreeceAbstract. Energy from renewable sources has greatly promoted ‘prosumer’ ideology, which has become a trend in the energy sector. Technologies are already in place and it is full reality today that the energy consumers are able to produce, consume and share a part or all of their needed energy from renewable sources. This can also be done on a collective basis, through the Energy Communities. The establishment of effective mechanisms for resolving disputes in which prosumers are involved is not only a necessary tool for customer protection but also an instrument for improving market performance. In this framework, the growing field of ADR schemes may represent an efficient, speedy and lowcost tool to solve “prosumer disputes”. The Greek regulatory framework on both prosumerism and ADR is gradually evolving and worth examining.
  • Prosumerism in Romania +

    Dr. Lidia-Lenuta Balan - PhD, Romania Abstract. In the context of the accelerated development of information technology, new energy business models, new energy trends and flexible access to renewable energy sources, prosumerism is one of the contemporary and efficient approaches to achieving energy transition and of climate neutrality. This approach requires the implementation of renewable energy systems (especially photovoltaic) for individual homes, residential buildings and consumers in areas away from urban areas taking into account the population explosion and the macro use of digital equipment that will contribute over time to remodeling policies for the energy sector. This study presents the identification of some aspects regarding the activity of the national prosumer, in accordance with the provisions of Law no. 184/2018 for the approval of the Government Emergency Ordinance no. 24/2017 on amending and supplementing Law no. 220/2008 for establishing the system for promoting the production of energy from renewable energy sources and for amending some normative acts, detailing some recommendations for improving the current legal framework for this sector.
  • Energy Poverty as Social Inequality and Right to access to Energy in Brazil +

    Dr. Ari Ferra Junior - PhD Candidate, University of Camerino, Italy. Abstract. As an objective, this article seeks to demonstrate how the energy factor can cause social inequality. It is possible, based on the latest report by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) on the Survey of Family Budgets (POF - 2017/2018), to conclude that Brazilians from the lower income segments commit a large part of their family budget in electricity expenses. In this sense, in some cases, they suffer from lack of access and/or difficulty in accessing electricity, which can be defined as energy poverty. As a result, it is argued that the right of access to renewable energy is fundamental to combat social inequality and promote other fundamental rights, especially access to renewable energy, as exemplified by the Agenda 2030, of the United Nations (UN), in global goal n. 7, clean and affordable energy. As a contribution, it is proposed that public policies be implemented to encourage the diversification of the country's electricity matrix – which is already highly renewable.
  • Energy Communities: Which Kind of No Profit incomes? The Italian Perspective +

    Dr. Karina Zabrodina - PhD Candidate, University of Camerino, Italy. Abstract. Although in Italy the transposition of Directives (EU) 2018/2001 and 2019/944 has not yet been fully implemented, the two schemes of the respective legislative decrees of implementation can already offer some useful clues to think over on the types of revenues that can be generated within the energy communities as well as on the activities of social interest in which they could be reinvested for the benefit of the entire community. Therefore, the goal of this contribution is to identify the main sources of non-profit income, including, for example, the sale of excess energy, the profitable use of personal data, any gains arising from the provision of the vehicle charging service, etc. Secondly, to imagine the possible non-profit use of these revenues, also through the involvement of all local actors, public and private, meeting the objective of offering the members of the community and the territory in which it operates a wide range of social benefits.
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    The topics of the Prosumerism +

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  • Creating a Cooperative-based Energy Transition +

    Dr. Julia Martin Rodrigues - PhD Candidate, University of Camerino, Italy.

    Abstract. There is a growing choice for applying the cooperative model in community-led renewable energy projects to divest from fossil fuel. Joint locally-owned clean energy movements can combine multiple innovative cooperative ventures into multistakeholder networks to face the inherent challenges of the energy transition towards sustainability. Cooperative-based prosumerism can ensure that renewables fulfill their promise as responsible and reliable energy sources for future generations by nurturing a robust collaborative culture among a crowd of health-minded community members, scholars, entrepreneurs, and public agents.
  • Energy Communities and Worker Cooperatives +

    Dr. Federico Pascucci - Research fellow, University of Camerino, Italy.

    Abstract. The speech will regard the form that an energy community can choose, focusing the attention on the cooperative form.
    In particular the analysis will be centered on the worker cooperative’s form and the possibility for energy communities to pick up this type of cooperative in its pursuit of economic, environmental and social benefits for the local areas.

  • IoT with Blockchain: The future of energy community management under Industry 4.0 +

    Dr. Sharmin N. Chougule - Lawyer, India.

    Abstract. Cyber-physical systems with the help of the fourth-generation Industrial revolution (Industry 4.0) technologies will make communication processes between the physical and digital world faster and efficacious. These smart machines are perceived to have the potential of making the present - non-reticulate processes to be more calculable and accessible through the process of collection and processing of huge amounts of data.
    While the present reliance on non-renewable sources, majorly the fossil fuels, is adding to the global warming levels, there is a dire need to switch to renewable sources of energy in an efficient manner. This is possible only with globally reinforced unified efforts in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG). Researchers believe that IoT, which is a manifestation of Industry 4.0, will expedite energy efficiency by keeping a check on the ‘real-time energy consumption’. IoT will also act as a catalyst to having an integrated ‘energy management system’ in place by generating awareness of energy performance at all levels of supply chain and actuating deployment of renewable sources of energy. This research also ponders on the tools and enabling technologies as well as the challenges and possible solutions in the application of IoT. One of the notable methods in dealing with the intricacies of IoT application in the energy sector is the Blockchain technology. Researchers reckon that in today’s centralised world driven by data, Blockchain is a boon. Its decentralised approach will not only help in synchronisation of data without infringing user privacy and the security of the system but will also lead to effective transmission and distribution of energy.
  • The Interconnection of the EV Charging Points. A new Possibility from Directive 944/2019 +

    Dr. Giovanni Russo - PhD Candidate, University of Camerino, Italy.

    Abstract. Climate change has prompted the Heads of Government to adopt increasingly stringent measures to reduce pollution. In this strategy sustainable mobility is found. In particular, electric vehicle development presents some problems, such as the charging infrastructure network and its interconnection. Directives 2001/2018 and 944/2019 are crucial in this respect. The last one, above all, aims to create favourable conditions for the diffusion of electric vehicles, ensuring both the spread of charging points, both public and private, and the connection between them. The increase of energy communities encourages the consumer to use the auto-produced energy to recharge electric vehicles and/or vehicles falling into the so-called soft mobility.
    Maybe these directives represent the best solution to the interconnection problem and increase of charging point because they create favourable conditions for the diffusion of electric vehicles.
    The growth of a capillary charging network and its interconnection could be the end of the shortage of the charging infrastructure network.

  • The Role of Municipalities in fighting Energy Poverty and how can EPAH support +

    Dr. Marina Varvesi - Responsabile Ricerca e Innovazione, AISFOR, Italy

    Abstract. Municipalities are key actors in the fight against energy poverty. However municipalities do not always have the necessary skills and competencies to design energy poverty related policies (SECAP, Just Transition Plans, etc.) which are incisive enough to launch effective actions. EPAH (Energy Poverty ADvisor Hub) is the second step of the energy poverty Observatory (EPOV) and has the aim to support municipalities in the process of designing policies and implementing actions to actively contribute to tackling energy poverty. EPAH foresees numerous services to support municipalities such as case studies, training, visual map of initiative and above all calls for expert support which will be launched in January.
  • The Energy Community as a New Tool for Citizens’ Active Participation: New Legal Subjects and Protection Profiles +

    Dr. Mariafrancesca Lucente - PhD Candidate, University of Camerino, Italy.

    Abstract. In order to promote in the European energy scenario the diffusion of the innovative energy decentralization subject, such as the energy community, it is worthwhile to dwell and conduct an investigation on the legal form that the energy community, as conceived by the European legislator, can concretely assume compatibly with the Italian regulatory framework and beyond. Like the definitions coined in the European context, it is highlighted that energy communities can be configured as an aggregation of natural and legal persons, who carry out their activities within a specific territory and, with the main purpose of offering its members or the territory in which it operates, environmental or social benefits. Energy communities, as consumer empowerment and community-driven initiatives, play a key role in social innovation as they reflect a fundamental change in consumer behavior, from a mere traditionally passive user to a co-owner energy prosumer of renewable energy plants and community energy participant. In short, it emerges that the energy community should not be understood as a business model to be implemented, but as a modus operandi that each ordinary citizen must be inspired by, in order to contribute to concretely implement that process of energy transition towards the much desired sustainable development.
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  • Implementation of Renewable Energy Sources and Tax-related Conditioning: The Case of Wind Farms +

    Dr. Salvatore Antonello Parente - Researcher and contract lecturer in Tax Law, University of Bari "Aldo Moro", Italy.

    Abstract. The "future of energy" seems to be characterized by the gradual replacement of new ecological sources with traditional fossil fuels, which are running out, with the main purpose of achieving cost savings and pursuing environmental sustainability objectives.
    Within the EU, through the elaboration of a "European green deal", a strategy was adopted that intends to transform the economic system according to a more modern, efficient, competitive, sustainable and inclusive paradigm, through the implementation of clean technologies to promote, in the long term, the production of energy in a completely decarbonised way, with a consequent zero climate impact.
    Nonetheless, barriers and resistances to the spread of clean energy sources continue to exist, linked to endogenous factors and the contents of the legal system, primarily tax matters: this is the case of the cadastral income from wind farms intended for the production of electricity (so-called “wind farms”), which has always been a source of criticality, despite the fact that it is now clear, compared to the past, the obligation to proceed with the relative stacking.
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    Open Discussion
    Dr. Roberto Garetto - Moderator - Research fellow, University of Camerino, Italy.

    All Workshop participants share ideas, comments and suggestions on Prosumer’s Charter.
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Conveyor: Assistant Prof. FREDRIK SOEGAARD - Danish National Academy of Music, Denmark

Day: 08 Dec, 2021 || Time: 14:00 h || Duration: 45 min


SOUNDMAPPING THE GENES is an artistic project using real biological data in the creative and performing act. Several parameters in the music are controlled by a complete transcription of the genetic code of the H1 histonin protein of the rainbow trout. Via MIDI (Musical Instruments Digital Interface) the code is transcribed so that it can be used as information in the music - a complete genetic code is used in the music to control parameters such as: pitch, modulation speed and depth, delaytime, stereo pans, etc. SMTG is a true inter-disciplinary project between music and biology.

Therefore this project is very much in the spirit of this conference, as SOUNDMAPPING THE GENES is a real demonstration of how art meets science - literally seen.

Fredrik Soegaard - Danish guitarist Fredrik Søegaard was born on 1951: improvisor, composer, teacher, working with improvisations in complex structures like Mandelbrot fractal algorithms or DNA coding sequences, his trademark is unquestionably the use of ground breaking scientific structures.

He has developed his sonic researches through his own groups, occasional collaborations with various musicians/ensembles of mixed genres.

"Decreasing environmental footprint - chance or challenge?"

Moderator: Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Ildiko Tulbure, University "1 December 1918", Romania

Day: 10 Dec, 2021 || Time: 11:30 h || Duration: 1 h 30 min

What are our odds to reduce Environmental Footprint?
= Find fascinating ways for shaping a SUSTAINABLE FUTURE
together with Ildiko Tulbure on December 10th at 11.30h


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