Objectives

+CityxChange aims at enabling the co-creation of the future we want to live in by developing a framework and supporting tools to enable a common energy market supported by a connected community. This leads to recommendations for new policy intervention, market (de)regulation and business models that deliver positive energy communities integrating e-Mobility as a Service (eMaaS).

This central objective shall be achieved by following the secondary objectives of the below-listed categories:  

Citizen-centred approach
• Enable citizen participation and ownership of solutions for the transformation towards a positive energy city

• Develop a Bold City Vision for 2050 and Guidelines that create and trigger integrated approach to sustainable urban development, citizen/private company/NGO integrated processes, and a way ahead that ensures inclusion

• Co-create Distributed Positive Energy Blocks (DPEB) through citizen participation 

• Create a citizen participation playbook and platform
Replication
• Deliver integrated planning and design, common energy market & community exchange solutions leading to wider rollout of Positive Energy Districts that can be replicated and gradually scaled up to city level and Guidelines that create and trigger integrated approach to sustainable urban development, citizen/private company/NGO integrated processes, and a way ahead that ensures inclusion

• Deploy innovative replicable solutions that reduce overall energy consumption, increase share of renewables, enable full-scale integration of the complete energy system - electricity, thermal/cooling, and in the future renewable liquid fuels such as biogas and hydrogen • Stimulate investment and replication across 20 additional EU cities with decentralised platforms, blended finance, and risk shaving
Technology
• Integrate local distributed renewable energy sources and energy storage

• Connect buildings and building systems to energy communities and markets, to energy and district heating systems and integrate smart metering

• Optimise energy system operation and mobility solutions by offering eMaaS

• Encourage open innovation and digital platforms for community and stakeholder engagement supported by open data and prototyping
Business models
• Stimulate innovation and development of new products and services, stimulating company and job creation

• Establish Investment pipelines, build novel business models with the Follower Cities, and create interconnected markets enabling local energy trading within the Distributed Positive Energy Blocks (DPEB)

• Enable a fair deal to all consumers through a local flexibility market and innovative financing and risk distribution models

• Foster a new energy market design coupled with consumer-driven innovation developed in close working cooperation with national regulators, Distribution System Operators (DSOs), property developers, and local energy communities