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Mon12Sep2016Thu15Sep2016University of Trento (Italy)
SUSTAINABILITY AND MATURITY OF LOCAL ENERGY INITIATIVES*Special Session on **SUSTAINABILITY AND MATURITY OF LOCAL ENERGY INITIATIVES**Co-located with IEEE International Smart Cities Conference (ISC2-2016 ), 12-15September 2016*hosted by University of Trento (Italy) https://events.unitn.it/en/isc2-2016This session concerns the sustainability and the growth into maturity of localenergy initiatives. In the current energy transition, these are emergent actorsoften characterized by hybrid organizational, business and institutional formsthat imply tight interactions among bottom-up processes and the more traditionaltop-down and managerial ones. Local energy initiatives can range from collectivebuyers groups, cooperative-based energy organizations and energy sharing NGOs toemergent commercial actors such as Energy Service Companies (ESCOs).Contributions to this session can explore, theoretically or empirically, thesustainability and the ripening of such energy actors from the perspective ofcultural, socio-economic, technological, regulatory or energy dimensions.*Relevant topics include but are not limited to:** Smart ICT solutions for local energy initiatives;* Business models for local energy initiatives;* National or international comparisons of organizational, business,technological or regulatory characteristics of local energy initiatives;* Case studies focusing on the human-technology infrastructures of localenergy initiatives and their governance systems;* Regulatory, organizational, economic or cultural drivers and barriers alonglocal energy initiatives' growth into mature and sustainable energy actors;* Energy models, tools and analysis for enhancing local energy initiatives;* Historical perspectives on the emergence of local energy initiativesThesession is hosted by the IEEE International Smart Cities Conference(ISC2-2016 ): the premier conference sponsored by the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative.*How to Submit*Prospective authors are invited to submit high-quality original *full* or*short* papers.Full papers should describe novel research contributions and results and arelimited to six (6) pages. Short papers, limited in length to four (4) pages,should be more visionary in nature and are meant to discuss new challenges andvisions, showcases, early research results, and explore novel research directions.Authors are encouraged to refer to the IEEE manuscripts guidelines:*Important Dates** Paper submission deadline: April 11, 2016 (possible deadline extension underconsideration and likely to be announced soon)* Acceptance notification: June 6, 2016* Camera ready submission: June 27, 2016* Early registration: June 27, 2016* Conference: September 12-15, 2016*Organizers*Giacomo Poderi, University of Trento, ItalyHenk Ensing, TNO, The Netherlands