28 Sep

Boosting Energy Communities in the EU

If the EU is going to achieve its ambitious climate objectives, then we will need to massively increase our use of renewable forms of energy. […]

29 Sep

#EUSEW: Stronger together: community-based renewable energy projects for a just and green transition

The European Sustainable Energy Week will take place soon! Bioenergy Europe, Energy Cities and Solar Heat Europe therefore invite you to our joint session on […]

#EUSEW: Local solutions to the energy crisis: empowering citizens through renewable energy communities

Achieving the objectives of the Fit for 55 package and the RePowerEU initiative will require a tremendous mobilisation of all actors in the energy sector, […]

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Connecting communities to the grid

Connecting communities to the grid

Optimism and openness at the energy community alumni meetup

19/09/2022

While the critical energy supply is driving the news, it makes sense to also look behind the big geopolitical scene. Optimism comes when we see […]
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Event in Amsterdam to hold city-focused session on long-term energy procurement

10/08/2022

The war in Ukraine has reshaped European energy policy. And the new direction is clear – no more Russian energy imports by 2027, more and […]
Interviews
Balancing unjust power relations through energy communities

Balancing unjust power relations through energy communities

Interview with Katharina Habersbrunner, Head of sustainable energy and climate solutions at WECF

20/07/2022

More and more people build relationships with each other, as a community, to drive energy projects. For this episode we wanted to know what it needs to spark such initiatives, how we can bring more women into it and what all this has to do with taking risks.
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Trailblazers putting energy back in local hands

Trailblazers putting energy back in local hands

How can cities ramp up community energy?

18/07/2022

During a webinar, 3 city experts have shared how they managed to avoid the NIMBY phenomenon, how they engaged the community and “massaged” public support by focusing on more than just dividends. 
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Making cities climate-proof starts with investing in people
Publications
European Analysis of Different Social Energy Market Players

European Analysis of Different Social Energy Market Players

Overview of energy market players aiming for positive social impact

05/07/2022

This new report presents the current landscape of these new players, provides context and very concrete best practices from different countries. It puts particular emphasis […]
Publications
Report on business models for poverty-alleviating and inclusive energy services

Report on business models for poverty-alleviating and inclusive energy services

Strenghts and weaknesses of five different business models

05/07/2022

Can we design energy services that help those people living more decent lives and therefore tackle energy poverty in the long-term? The overview business model by business model aims at helping local and regional authorities navigate through the diversity of options and to design their value proposition for energy services with a social purpose.
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A technical assistance programme to boost energy communities’ activities across Europe

A technical assistance programme to boost energy communities’ activities across Europe

The EU's Energy Communities Repository has opened a call for technical assistance. Any energy community project, regardless of their development stage, can apply!

04/07/2022

Energy communities find themselves at very different stages of development. Some are informal groups that have just started thinking about setting up an energy community, […]
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Focusing on community in uncertain times: the story of two cities teaming up with energy cooperatives

30/06/2022

It’s one thing for a group of citizens to launch their own renewables initiative – and quite many do so. But it’s pretty different to do this with the support of a local government that is serious about local renewable energy.  The most foresighted local and regional authorities look at renewable energy through the community lense. Krizevci in Croatia and Eeklo in Belgium do share that mindset.

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SHAPE-EU

SHAPE-EU

European Affordable Housing Consortium: Sustainable Housing for Social Impact
SHAPE-EU

The European Union has embarked on a challenging journey towards carbon neutrality. A promising approach is district renovation. Renovation at district scale reduces CO2 emissions […]

Energy Communities Repository

Launched by the European Commission, the Energy Communities Repository aims to support and monitor energy communities’ activities across Europe, within the framework of a just […]

Balkan Solar Roofs

Balkan Solar Roofs

Campaigning and training for the production of community-owned energy in the Balkans
Balkan Solar Roofs

This ambitious project will empower three city administrations to enable and inspire 500 new solar roof installations by 2024. The three participating cities are Poreč […]

PROSPECT+

PROSPECT+

Capacity building for cities and regions - from learning to action!
PROSPECT+

A capacity-building programme on innovative financing, by and for EU cities and regions