Energy positive neighbourhoods (EPNs) are those in which the annual energy demand is lower than energy supply from local renewable energy sources . The IDEAS project aims to illustrate how communities, public authorities and utility companies across the European Union (EU) can be engaged in the cost effective and incremental implementation of EPNs. To achieve this, the IDEAS project will design, test and demonstrate:
- A neighbourhood energy management tool to optimise energy production and consumption;
- User interfaces that engage communities and individuals in the operation of EPNs;
- A decision support urban planning tool to optimise the planning of neighbourhood energy infrastructures;
- Business models to underpin EPNs that engage end users, public authorities and utility companies.