Advocacy

Advocacy

REScoop.eu supports the energy transition to a decentralized, renewable, efficient and sustainable energy system with citizens at its core. We refer to it as the energy transition to energy democracy. We believe that REScoops are the most appropriate business model to keep this transition fair and affordable for citizens. REScoop.eu follows up on relevant policy issues and organises regular meetings with European policy makers. As a federation, our goal is to bring about a European energy market in which:

  • citizens are encouraged to think beyond their own energy needs and to care for their local community
  • citizens have access to clean energy at transparent and fair prices
  • citizens and REScoops are encouraged to produce, store and use energy from local renewable energy sources  
  • ​citizens and REScoops can directly participate in renewable energy and energy efficiency projects 
  • citizens and REScoops are encouraged to own and operate distribution grids and transmission lines
  • rules on priority grid access for renewable energy are properly implemented and enforced
  • a clear and stable legislative framework reduces the complexity, the costs and the risks of RES and EE
  • a level playing field for new business models (like REScoops) protects against power abuse by incumbents
  • energy prices never include hidden (social) costs, nor potential risks that are passed on to future generations
  • solidarity and trust among all stakeholders is enhanced
  • transparency, minimal but strong regulation and fair opportunities for citizen participation are supported

As Europe is working on a new energy market design, REScoop.eu has developed advocacy definitions and advocacy points. 

ENERGY PROSUMERS
Energy Prosumers are individual citizens, households, noncommercial organisations, public entities and SME’s that not only consume energy, but also actively participate in the energy market, either individually or through ‘Sustainable Energy Communities’. Active participation in the market may consist in producing renewable energy, enhancing energyefficiency and/or energy system management and grid integration of fluctuating renewable energy sources through demandside response, aggregation, storage,
etc. REScoop.eu believes that prosumers should get easy access to the grid and to energy markets at fair conditions. In addition, we argue that EU Member States should endorse the particiation of prosumers to various markets (adapted grid tariffs, fiscal reduction, ...).

SELFCONSUMPTION
Selfconsumption is the act for prosumers to consume all or part of the energy produced by installation(s) they own individually or through a Sustainable Energy Community. REScoop.eu argues that Europe should promote the right to selfconsumption for both tenants and owners of private houses. We argue that Europe should favour closed networks for all, by means of including citizens and households in article 28 of the European directive 2009/72/EC. REScoop.eu believes that EU Member States should ensure a fair price for the surplus of energy that is being injected into the grid and that energy prices should be direcly linked to energy consumption consumed (variable cost), rather than to the capacity installed tfixed costs) because it encourages energy efficiency.

SUSTAINABLE ENERGY COMMUNITY
A Sustainable Energy Community is a legal entity where energy prosumers cooperate in the generation, distribution, storage or supply of energy from renewable sources, or offer energy efficiency/demandside management services. Its statutes aim to benefit its members and the local community, and provide for open participation and democratic governance of the undertaking. REScoop.eu argues that Europe should recognise that Sustainable Energy Communities trigger social innovation as defined by the Commission. We also advocate for a special bikelines for Sustainable Energy Communities regarding the State Aid Guidelines.

COMMUNITY ENERGY
Community energy refers to the energy that is being produced by a Sustainable Energy Community.