Advocacy groups


In addition to more punctual strategic partnerships, Energy Cities is part of several permanent advocacy groups who are contributing to push forward the energy transition political agenda.

The Community Power Coalition

The Community Power Coalition brings together a diverse network of like-minded organisations who share a common goal of promoting the development of citizen and community ownership of energy in the urgent transformation towards a 100% renewable energy system. The Coalition includes associations representing energy cooperatives, networks of cities and local authorities, the renewable energy industry, legal experts and diverse environmental NGOs.


The Community Power Coalition demands a full and timely transposition of the EU Clean energy package through:

  1. Acknowledgment of citizen and renewable energy communities in national legislation through robust and clear definitions
  2. Strong inclusion of citizens and communities in national climate and energy planning
  3. Respect for new rights of self-consumers and energy communities, supported by a strong enabling framework at national level
  4. Ensure fair access by renewable energy communities to renewables support schemes
  5. Support a fair and inclusive energy transition, making sure no one is left behind
  6. Acknowledge value that energy citizens and communities can provide to the energy system
  7. Continued support from the European institutions for energy communities at European level
  8. Capacity-building for local authorities to continue supporting community energy projects

Coalition for Energy Savings

The Coalition for Energy Savings strives to make energy efficiency and savings the first consideration of energy policies and the driving force towards a secure, sustainable and competitive European Union. Its membership unites businesses, professionals, local authorities, energy communities, and civil society organisations in pursuit of this goal.


Coalition members represent:

  • more than 500 associations, 200 companies and 1,500 cooperatives,
  • 15 million supporters and more than 1 million citizens as members of cooperatives,
  • 2,500 cities and towns in 30 countries in Europe.

All members of the Coalition for Energy Savings can be found here.


The Coalition for Energy Savings calls on the EU to:

  • Commit itself to a binding energy savings target by 2030 in line with the cost-effective potential
  • Step up policies, measures and investments in order to stop energy waste
  • Put in place and implement a strengthened Energy Efficiency Directive
  • Consider the potential for energy efficiency first in all decision-making related to energy to redress the historic bias towards prioritising supply over saving energy.

The Coalition fo Energy Savings has existed for nearly 10 years already and in this time, succeeded in advocating for the creation of the EU’s energy efficiency framework, namely the EU Energy Efficiency Directive.

Under the Clean Energy for all Europeans legislative package, the Coalition and its members secured the extension and strengthening of the EU’s energy efficiency framework. The EU energy efficiency target for 2030 was set at 32,5%, and in addition to this, the EU widely introduced the Energy efficiency first principle in its energy legislations.

EUFORES – European Forum for Renewable Energy Sources

Energy Cities is a supporting member of EUFORES, a European cross-party network of Members of Parliaments from the European Parliament as well as from the EU28 national and regional Parliaments. EUFORES core objective is the promotion of renewable energy and energy efficiency.

EUFORES is supported by a variety of non-parliamentary members from the renewable energy industry, scientific institutes, energy agencies and NGOs – all strongly committed to renewable energy and energy efficiency. EUFORES has developed a broad spectrum of activities in order to coordinate the exchange between its members.