On 2-3 September 2019, the Global Observatory on Peer-to-Peer, Community Self-Consumption and Transactive Energy Models was officially launched in London, United Kingdom. The launch was attended by 110 stakeholders from a range of sectors, i.e. national and international policymakers, industry, start-ups, utilities, non-profits, academics etc. Up to 15 countries were represented, mainly from Europe but also Asia, Australia, North America and South America.
The event was made up of two days. The first day consisted of an international symposium open to all stakeholders active in the peer-to-peer/transactive energy and community self-consumption fields. Pilots at UK, European (H2020-funded) and international (in Medellin, Colombia) level were presented. Trials being run in member countries – so far being Australia, Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, United States, United Kingdom, and Switzerland – will form the evidence base for the Observatory’s main deliverables. The second day of the launch event was the first working meeting of the Observatory, open to researchers from member countries interested in participating.