Energie Partagée Association (EPA)

Identity card

Energie Partagée was created in 2010 when actors in the energy transition such as Enercoop, CLER (the network for the energy transition) and actors in solidarity financing such as Nef came together to provide skills in the development of renewable energies relocalised by territorial actors. It meets three needs:

  • organise the exchange of experience between instigators of citizen projects

  • structure competencies to accelerate deployment of collective, local, renewable energy projects

  • mobilise capital to finance projects using its investment tool (Energie Partagée Investissement)

To do so, the association supports the creation of citizen projects to produce renewable energy (wind, solar, hydraulic, biomass). These projects are managed by citizens and local authorities who believe territories can benefit from the energy transition, and who are committed to making it happen. They follow 4 criteria indicated in the Energie Partagée charter: local implantation, open governance, ecological requirements, non-speculative approach. The association:

  • Makes citizens and territorial actors aware of the importance of an energy transition mastered by the various local stakeholders, in the interest of the territory (Propre Energie, Quiz on citizen energy, etc.).

  • Provides a voice for French, citizen-supported renewable energy projects, to obtain recognition for such projects and an easing of regulations and legislation surrounding their development (energy transition laws, ESS law).

  • Trains, advises and accompanies project instigators in the preparation and installation phases. Energie Partagée has created a network of actors, including regional network leaders, project instigators, energy cooperatives, associations and groups, to enable this exchange of experiences. The network produces guides, publications and training sessions to facilitate the emergence of projects.

To accomplish these missions, the movement is organised in two complementary structures:

  • an association to promote and lead, and a citizen investment tool. In 2016, the association had 90 members, 33% of which were associations, 46% cooperatives, 11% local authorities and 10% design offices. Approximately 200 volunteers also work for the association. With its network of members and its pioneering projects, Energie Partagée can put its technical, legal and economic skills at the service of the transition.

  • Energie Partagée Investissement is a financial tool that participates—thanks to its thousands of citizen shareholders—in the capital of these project companies, to complete their financing and allow them to start work. By remaining close to project instigators throughout the life of a project, Energie Partagée guarantees that the Charter is respected and represents its shareholders in the long term.

Since its creation Energie Partagée has supported more than 150 projects.

Objectives

The Energie Partagée association, in keeping with its charter, aims to:

1) Support a political project:

  • Promote the idea of citizen energy;

  • Define and validate a global communication strategy;

  • Create and use tools and actions to communicate and lead.

  • Get others to adhere to the Charter and to join associations of local authorities, citizens and actors in energy.

  • Encourage the development of citizen energy policies.

2) Support and diffuse citizen energy projects

  • Create or help create the tools (legal, financial, etc.) needed to develop citizen projects.

  • Inform and accompany project instigators.

  • Identify, showcase and diffuse citizen project experiences.

  • Bring together the actors of citizen energy in France

  • Participate in the Société Coopérative Européenne project.

  • Organize ‘citizen training sessions’, particularly for elected officials on the territorial level, and for associations, on the theme of energy efficiency and citizen renewable energies.

Modes of action

  • training
  • networking of actors
  • diffusion of best pratices creation of labels
  • meetings, exchanges, assemblies
  • development of participatory tools and methods

Thematic areas

  • citizenship
  • local territory management
  • Climate energy
  • economy