Co-creating advanced Community Energy Systems

CREATORS enables local initiators to create and operate advanced Community Energy Systems (CES) by supporting technical, financial, and social processes. This enables resilient and low-carbon energy systems that serve and engage the communities they support.

Our client

A collaborative project under the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 research programme


The final structure of the CREATORs project was agreed in July 2020 and the project is on-going to date. EnergyPro joined the project consortium offering our expertise in energy efficiency assessment protocol standardisation and de-risking, and our knowledge of CES structures and contractual arrangements.

EnergyPro is currently leading the development of following aspects of the project in order to ensure the project produces templates that are equitable and replicable:

  1. Online beta version of industry standard assessment protocol for community energy systems investments: We will work with BaxCo to produce an assessment protocol that guides communities through from defining to achieving their aims, in the context of both their energy system and their wider social/environmental goals. We will align this protocol to the ICP and industry best practice, and ensure the protocol allows for the modelling of cost-effective revenue and energy flows.
  2. Detailed suite of templates for CESs structuring for licensing: As the originator of ICP in Europe, we will act as the interface with ICP Europe’s community of project developers, quality assurance providers and investors, and will ensure that development of the new CES protocol aligns to the stakeholder engagement and protocol authoring procedures used during ICP Europe’s two previous H2020 projects. Along with Bax, we will build a set of models and template contracts for community energy systems.

Additionally, we will support Cordeel in the segmentation of the end-user groups (e.g. residential/commercial/industrial), identifying the needs and drivers that trigger each of them to participate in a local energy community. Finally, we will participate in the dissemination and exploitation activities in WP7 with the rest of the partners.

Desired outcomes

The services will deliver 60% preparation and operational costs reductions, ensuring 99,95% uptime, 20-35% CAPEX reduction, and up to 40% additional incomes.

The challenge?

With the sector moving beyond inventor-lead pilots, local CES initiators lack the capacity for high-quality simulation, business modelling and automated operations that are required in communities with a range of vectors, 1000s of mixed members, and balancing/ trading that requires controls in milliseconds.

How are we helping?

We are:

  • Integrating ICP protocols, increasing appeal to investors and providing a standardised assessment protocol.
  • Producing CES structure templates, which define the relationships, revenue and energy flows between project partners, allowing for the assessment and replication of cost-effective community business models. These energy and revenue flows will underpin automated modelling and operation.

And we codified a set of legal structures that enable the above relationships and revenue flows, as well as the desired form of community participation and benefits sharing.

What are the benefits?

The results show 5-10% local energy price reduction (below €0,18kWh) in systems covering all vectors, with 10³ – 104 participants. The approach creates 2 fte jobs in each CES, whilst for partners remote services could reach 10% the system turnover, in what is a high growth market. In standardising simulation and assessment tools in close collaboration with local stakeholders (30 LoS), the BRIDGE initiative and lenders (industry-lead Investor Confidence Protocols), CREATORS significantly advances commercial readiness.

Our team

Alex has been an entrepreneur in the clean energy sector for around 15 years. He founded respected energy analytics business EEVS Insight in 2011 and has led a number of consultancy teams, advising corporate and public sector clients on energy strategies and developing innovative business models that make sense of energy efficiency. Alex holds a Masters degree in electrical engineering from Imperial College London and an MBA from Ashridge Business School, and is a Chartered Engineer. Alex has spent his entire career trying to address climate change, which he views as an unprecedented opportunity for creating a better, more equitable world. 

Armin is a multifaceted professional and entrepreneur with more than 15 years of international experience working on clean energy topics in public and private sector organisations. He is fluent in English, French and German, and maintains an extensive global network in the energy sector. Armin is passionate about the role of policies and governance in driving the transition to a sustainable, low carbon energy system.

Steve is an author, public speaker, and global pioneer, driven in the pursuit of net zero and a regenerative economy. Steve has had significant impact on the energy transition in the UK and beyond with his work with corporates, investors, public sector bodies and governments. Steve is committed to implementing strong leadership and governance based on equitable and ethical business principles.