The European Commission adopted REpowerEU initiative to decrease dependence of the energy from natural gas, including decarbonization of flexibility, accelerating adoption of renewable energy sources, increasing replacement of natural gas with hydrogen, and limiting power use during peak hours when the role of gas becomes outsized, and the bills swell.

This calls for implementation for innovative solutions that are delivering on the objectives of this initiative and consequent measures adopted by the EU. These solutions are being developed by projects under Horizon Europe and LIFE programmes. For implementing them, specific skills and knowledge needs to be acquired by craftsmen, installers, specialists employed by energy retailers, energy services providers and by consumers, for example, by owners of renewable energy sources and sources of flexibility affiliated in energy communities around Europe or single owners of these assets. It should be noted that citizens and farmers in Germany own 42% renewable resources, in the Netherlands this share is up to 50%.

Overall objective of the project REpowerE(d)U: Continuing Education and Qualification Scheme to Support the Commission’s Measures on Decarbonisation of Flexibility, Reduction of the Use of Natural Gas and Flattening the Energy Peaks is setting up continuing education and qualification schemes for craftsmen, installers, technicians, specialists, operators/owners/prosumers on smart solutions for building energy systems aimed at flattening the energy consumption peaks, developing and harvesting flexibility provided by buildings to facilitate implementation of innovative solutions for delivering REpowerEU in the sector of buildings and other recent measures for decreasing dependence of EU on Russian natural gas and addressing recent extreme growth of energy prices, as well as to deal with the volatility of the energy markets in the future through increasing flexibility of energy systems and limiting power use during peak hours.

The project will establish necessary resources and prepare technical, organizational and financial conditions for training and upskilling targeted learners.

The project officially started on 1 November 2023, with the Kick-off meeting taking place on 18 September 2023 at premises of Eni Plenitude Iberia in Santander, Spain. The project is being implemented by 5 partners from Germany, Spain, Portugal and Slovakia, and will be implemented in a time span of next 3 years.