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EU Electricity Market Rules

The new energy market design: how the EU can support energy communities and citizens to participate in the energy transition

8 key recommendations to support community energy

The EU is poised to set an unprecedented standard by formalizing the role of citizens and communities in Europe’s energy transition. By 2050, almost half […]

EU Electricity Market Rules

Energy Cities and REScoop.eu answer to the Committee of the Regions’ Stakeholders consultation: “Models of local energy ownership”

Summary of findings

Stakeholders consultation: “Models of local energy ownership” 1. Are there any examples from the Member States of regionalising energy infrastructure (such as taking up or […]

EU Energy Union Governance

Building on local climate and energy experience in Energy Union Governance

Joint position paper

European and national leaders would greatly benefit from building on the steady ambition of local actors to deliver Energy Union objectives.
CEMR, Climate Alliance, Energy Cities, EUROCITIES and ICLEI, representing thousands of local governments throughout the EU, as well as think tank E3G, wholeheartedly support the European Parliament proposals on this topic.

EU Budget

What Europe’s local leaders would like to see in the EU 2021-2027 budget to support the energy transition

How the EU budget can make Europe stronger, more united and democratic

The EU is soon expected to draft the outline of its next budget – the 2021-2027 Multi-Annual Financial Framework – in a context where its unity and stability have been shaken by the Brexit and are further put into question by regional tensions within its member states, with the recent example of the Catalonian crisis. Making Europe more united, but also stronger and more democratic, as per President Juncker’s recent commitment, is thus becoming a pressing challenge which should guide the orientations of the future budget.

EU Budget

An EU budget to make energy citizens a reality

A joint paper by Energy Cities and CEE Bankwatch, in line with the People's Budget campaign

This paper sketches a creative policy vision for how the next EU budget could best unlock innovative financing and address specific barriers faced by energy citizens and community power projects wishing to invest in their own small scale renewable energy projects.

EU Climate Action

Cities at the forefront of climate action

Achieving the Paris Climate goals through the effort sharing regulation

The contribution of cities and regions in reaching the European climate and energy targets is already significant. Yet, much more is possible with an enabling, stable and ambitious policy framework and effective access to financing. A strong Effort Sharing Regulation – without loopholes – can support and incentivise the uptake, replication and upscaling of local climate and energy actions. Creating the right conditions to enable climate efforts to propel will moreover lead to numerous co-benefits and a better quality of life for the millions of urban residents.

EU Energy Union Governance

Local State of the Energy Union

Beyond cables and pipelines : A brighter state of the Energy Union

The Energy Union must be an opportunity to accelerate the energy transition and define the roles, rights and responsibilities of the new actors who are its main protagonists. Energy Cities makes recommendations to European decision-makers to support this local momentum through the five pillars of the Energy Union: # 1 decarbonisation, # 2 energy security, # 3 internal market, # 4 energy efficiency and # 5 research and development innovation.

EU Electricity Market Rules

Open letter to the Energy Union cluster of Commissioners

Deliver an ambitious reform of EU energy markets

Energy Cities and other organisations committed to a sustainable energy transition urge the EU Commission to seize the opportunity to deliver an ambitious reform of EU energy markets and put the EU on a course to a brighter, cleaner future.

EU Energy Union Governance

From pipe dreams to local means: Call for a new Energy Union governance

A Guidance Paper to assist Member States

The governance of the grand Energy Union project is the framework through which Member States will be expected to report on the achievement of the 2030 climate and energy targets as well as associated policy design. What role will and should be given to local authorities within this context? Can we still rely on old decision-making architectures when while moving to the future, decentralised energy system? In this publication, Energy Cities provides some possible guidance and orientations on how to revisit the governance framework based on a “think local first” approach.

EU Electricity Market Rules

Joint Position Paper on EU Heating and Cooling Strategy

New strategy should be fully integrated in EU energy and climate policies

Energy Cities joins forces with industry associations representing the geothermal, solar thermal, heat pump, biomass, biogas, and district heating and cooling sectors to require structural reforms in EU climate and energy legislation, taking full account of the EU Heating and Cooling Strategy

Our policy work

Our dedicated team monitors and shapes policy developments according to local authorities’ needs and priorities.

Our advocacy involves:

  • policy monitoring and analysis
  • policy influencing
  • advocacy partnerships

The cities behind our network set the tone and shape the European energy transition agenda. Whereas a municipality alone has little influence, together we can make local authorities’ voices heard at national and European level.

As part of the European Covenant of Mayors movement, cities and towns are taking energy and climate action to secure a better future for their citizens. With over 8,000 signatories, it has become a real political force proposing to renew the European project through local action. The initiative is an important political instrument for Energy Cities, as we initiated the movement and have been co-leading the Covenant of Mayors European Office since 2008.