Energiewende Twinning Towns
Municipalities are a key pillar of the German energy transition, known as the Energiewende. With innovative and ambitious energy concepts, and together with local public utilities and citizens, cities and communities are putting the Energiewende into practice. Being the local planning authority in charge, they are well acquainted with the local conditions. Therefore, municipalities are a strong force behind the successful growth of renewable energy and energy efficiency, balancing the interests of citizens and local economy.
Starting in 2017, the project “Energiewende twinning towns” supports the exchange of knowledge and experience between German municipalities and their European partner communities.
Planned or existing cooperations between cities or communities can gain new inputs and at the same time foster the spirit of European cooperation as well as sustainable energy supply.
The project is facilitated by the Renewable Energies Agency and Humboldt-Viadrina Governance Platform to ensure a systematic exhange of practical knowledge related to renewable energy technologies and political expertise across borders.
For more information on the five Energiewende TownTwinning-Pairs see:
- Alheim – Dunleer/Louth (Ireland)
- Braunsbedra – Kozani (Greece)
- Marburg-Biedenkopf – Koscierzyna (Poland)
- Pfaffenhofen – Galway (Ireland)
- Steinhagen – Woerden (Netherlands)
Due to the corona crisis the Energiewende Twinning Towns also shared threir experiences online. Here you can find out more about the work of the communities on climate communication and energy transition in times of COVID-19.
- Details on the project phase 2019/20
The project is funded by the Federal Foreign Office of Germany. It aims at existing or planned cooperations between cities or communities that intend to deepen or initiate their cooperation on renewable energies. The core of the project are bilateral workshops in one of the twinning municipalities, which offer municipal authorities and local stakeholders such as public utilities the opportunity to exchange experience and transfer knowledge. In moderated workshops, you will be able to exchange practical know-how related to renewable energy technologies. Depending on your needs, you may also focus on the exchange of know-how on issues such as management, spatial planning, financing and the participation of citizens in energy transition processes.
The application deadline for the project phase 2019/2020 ended on March 15th 2019.
What is funded?
· Kick-off event on 28 May 2019: representatives from the participating communities get to know each other and present their projects and ideas. The event will be held at the Federal Foreign Office and includes an excursion to a good-practice-project in Berlin.
· Two moderated Online-Webinars: The first webinar aims to jointly determine the topics of the workshop. The second webinar will be used as a follow-up of the workshop.
· One Workshop in one of the twinning towns is dedicated to initiate new projects. Solutions on how to tackle open questions and obstacles should be proposed. The twinning towns can set up individual timelines and initiative further steps.
· Final event in the second half of 2020: The aim of the event is to ensure a transfer of knowledge between the communities. The twinning towns present their workshop results and the participating local representatives get the chance to strengthen their European network for a sustainable energy transition at the local level.
We also provide all project information in German.
Agentur für Erneuerbare Energien/ German Renewable Energies Agency
Invalidenstraße 91, 10115 Berlin
Phone: +49 30 200 535 40
HUMBOLDT-VIADRINA Governance Platform gGmbH
Pariser Platz 6, 10117 Berlin
Phone: +49 30 206 620140
- Pilot Phase 2017
Energiewende twinning towns 2017
Until May 24th 2017 European communities could apply for the pilot project „Energiewende twinning towns“. In the kick-off event in June 2017 five town pairs presented their cooperation and local projects related to the energy transition.
The German town Friedberg and their Portuguese twinning town Entroncamento as well as Grevesmühlen and their Swedish twinning town Laxa convinced the jury and further elaborated their bilateral cooperation in workshops on the energy transition.
In November 2017 bilateral workshops were carried out in Entroncamento and Laxa respectively. In these moderated workshops, the participants from both municipalities were able to exchange practical know-how of renewable energy projects in their towns and related issues such as management, spatial planning, financing and the participation of citizens in energy transition processes.
Further information on the workshops can be found in the final report of the project here: (in German only).