Two of the four workshops will take place in Germany (Ruhr Region and Stuttgart). The other two workshops will be held in the U.S. (Northern Virginia) and in Canada (Guelph, Ontario). The explicit purpose of each workshop will be to highlight the development and performance of German, Canadian and U.S. community energy planning practices within unique thematic contexts (e.g. energy efficient buildings, building retrofits, district energy systems, or regional redevelopment) and to evaluate the transfer of innovative practices between Germany and selected North American metropolitan regions. The four workshops will be accompanied by site visits.
Successful community energy plans rely on the development of renewable energies. This workshop assessed the development and application of renewable energies and their parallel application with district energy systems.