The Energy Wise Cities project aims to boost the role of the participating cities towards international example areas of energy-efficient housing, zeroenergy construction, diversified energy systems, energy efficiency monitoring and end user guidance. The integration of energy systems together with intelligent energy control enable open regional energy platforms and the development of flexible energy ecosystems.

In energy wise city, the buildings and blocks form an active part of the energy system in producing, storing and consuming energy. Energy-efficient and low-carbon buildings, in turn, enable the use of renewable energy, real-time energy monitoring and regional zero or plus energy systems.

The data collection is a crucial element in the Energy Wise Cities project. The data will be collected on energy consumption and production as well as on usage and user habits of real estates. In addition, more focus will be emphasized towards analyzing the role of building users; how the users are acting in the building and how this information can be utilized in energy management. The collected information will be also exploited in developing new products and services provided by business actors/companies.

The Energy Wise Cities project will comprehensively integrate city, business and user perspectives. Two models created in the Energy Wise Cities project (one for planning a smart and energy wise area as well as another for renewing of energy system in existing areas) will ensure a successful market dialogue between cities and companies. The network and cooperation between businesses and cities also supports the renewal of the renewable energy and energy efficiency partnership model.

The Energy Wise Cities project will improve the energy efficiency and use of renewable energy in existing areas and buildings. In addition, the project enables the utilization of urban real estate groups as a virtual power plant. The project activities will reduce climate impacts and improve comfortability and well-being in buildings by developing real estate management tools. Furthermore, cities will learn more how to further utilize demand respond, as well as how companies and users can be activated to provide information and solutions for future energy ecosystems.

The actions taken in the project will have a significant impact on the achievement of the national climate goals. The results of the Energy Wise Cities project will also enhance Finland’s role as a pioneer in the development of intelligent energy grip solutions and global business possibilities.