A Digitalization Profile for Civic Energy Processes

  • Gerard McGovernEmail author
  • Björn Koch
  • Niels Giesen
  • Thomas Klenke
Conference paper


The rise of civic energy over the past decade is a key contributor to the transition to a renewables based energy economy that both challenges the carbon lock-in of the fossil economy and disrupts the incumbent energy regime. The transition presents a shift in the dominant techno-economic paradigm. This investigation aims to assist the uptake of civic energy initiatives by streamlining hitherto heterogeneous and apparently disparate civic energy processes as quality-assured continuous improvement processes and proposes a digitalization approach to enhance process management and provide a platform for further process optimization.


Der Anstieg der zivilen Energie in den letzten zehn Jahren ist ein Schlüsselfaktor für den Übergang zu einer auf erneuerbaren Energien basierenden Energiewirtschaft, die sowohl die Kohlenstoffbindung der fossilen Wirtschaft in Frage stellt als auch das bestehende Energiekonzept stört. Der Übergang stellt einen Wandel im dominanten techno-ökonomischen Paradigma dar. Diese Untersuchung zielt darauf ab, die Akzeptanz von zivilen Energieinitiativen zu unterstützen, indem sie bisher heterogene und scheinbar unvereinbare zivile Energieprozesse als qualitätsgesicherte kontinuierliche Verbesserungsprozesse rationalisiert und einen Digitalisierungsansatz zur Verbesserung des Prozessmanagements vorschlägt und eine Plattform für die weitere Prozessoptimierung bietet.



The case study referred to was conducted within the COBEN project partly funded by the EU Interreg VB North Sea Region Programme. We kindly acknowledge the financial support and in particular the collaboration with the members of the project team.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerard McGovern
    • 1
    Email author
  • Björn Koch
    • 1
  • Niels Giesen
    • 2
  • Thomas Klenke
    • 1
  1. 1.Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, COASTOldenburgDeutschland
  2. 2.abat AGBremenDeutschland

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