In order to secure a stable energy transition process, the Municipality of Viladecans initiated an Innovative Public-Private-Citizen Governance Partnership at the Local level (PPCP). This new PPCP is the central hub that manages the new local tools for the transition, which are: energy supply, energy currency, energy savings services, deep energy renovation investments and renewable energy production. The entity brought together, for the first time, the Municipality with the local businesses and the citizens of Viladecans as its members. Its mission is to promote and ensure a secure, clean and efficient use of energy.
The new entity has, first, a Local Energy Operator that is the local energy supplier and the renewable energy producer, and second, an Energy Savings Company, offering energy savings services and energy renovation investment to all its members. The community’s energy savings capitalization provides funds for new deep energy renovation investments. A new energy currency linked to energy savings was created, and works as an incentive for energy efficiency and as a mechanism to increase the economic capacity of vulnerable economic groups.
The creation of this local PPCP implies a change on the community’s role in energy management. This project involves the community from early stages and has defined a wide range of activities in order to transfer knowledge, build capacities, create jobs, create a community network, engage and empower the community.