The first year of COBEN (PDF, 67kB) focussed on systemizing its strategic approach and on consolidating selected community energy consortiums that act as hosts to the project's pilot initiatives.

COBEN’s second year witnessed not only the completion of the planning phases of all regional initiatives but also three strateagic milestones: the design of a civic energy process to replace the old energy model, the specification of the benefits of civic energy and inroads into civic energy business models designed to drive the pilot projects. These were the focus of numerous regional stakeholder events. The COBEN process approach to mainstreaming civic energy was featured in this year’s European consultations run by EESC, DG Energy and CoR on shaping the EU’s future energy market.