Within the European Community Power Coalition, we wrote a letter to the Executive-Vice President for the European Green Deal Maroš Šefčovič and the EU Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson, concerning the ongoing update process of the Member-States Integrated National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs).
It is crucial that we act with more urgency in taking climate action as we witness the increasingly alarming impacts of climate change. We must rapidly enhance our efforts to deliver on Europe’s ambition and expand the deployment of renewable energy sources justly with active engagement and support of citizens. We appreciate the Commission’s commitment to supporting the development of citizen ownership through renewable and citizen energy communities within the framework of the Clean Energy package (CEP) and the goal of achieving at least one renewables-based energy community per municipality above 10 000 residents by 2025, as outlined in the RePowerEU communication. While we acknowledge the Commission’s efforts, we eagerly await Member States’ translation of this commitment into action. The ongoing revision process of the NECPs presents an unmissable opportunity for the Commission to assess the extent to which Member States are fulfilling their obligations under the CEP and hence are actively supporting the development of community energy initiatives.