R-ACES establishes new Legal Decision Support Tool
The R-ACES project has built a new tool that will help develop energy cooperation projects between potential suppliers and customers in industrial clusters & business parks.
Legal aspects of energy cooperation are perceived as complex, and they may slow down or discourage energy exchange projects. The Legal Decision Support Tool is easy to use and aims to lower the threshold for SMEs and other industrial stakeholders. The tool can also be adapted to fit local situations.
R-ACES Legal Decision Support Tool
The new Legal Decision Support Tool is now published on the R-ACES platform and available via https://r-aces.eu/tools/legal-decision-support-tool/. It is an easy-to-use fill-in contract template, with explanatory notes. The tool brings focus and helps finding agreement on the fundamentals of an energy exchange project (sales and delivery). The tool generates a ready-to-use simple contract in one go. A guide to the contract template and EU energy laws are also available to help use the template. Questions can be posted in a forum and will be answered by the coordinating institution (Institute for Sustainable Process Technology in the Netherlands). Soon, also an explanatory video will be included to guide through the whole process of filling in the contract template.
Three practical tools enabling energy cooperation
This new Legal Decision Support Tool is part of the R-ACES Toolbox. R-ACES established a set of three specific energy cooperation tools: a self-assessment tool, legal decision support tool for joint contracts, and a smart energy management platform for clusters. These three practical tools support the entire process of organising an ecoregion and the collaboration inside of it. The tools incorporate existing knowledge and are conform to the needs of stakeholders in industrial clusters to help them set up energy collaboration.
The coordinator Agata van Oosten-Siedlecka stresses that “Industrial sites and business parks are key in initiating and accelerating energy exchange inside a region. Therefore, we established these practical tools to support energy cooperation in the ecoregions.”
The tools and additional information about the R-ACES project are accessible on the website www.r-aces.eu .