On the Internal Energy Market

On the Internal Energy Market

The Market Design Initiative: creating a space for local energy communities

Regardless of income or home ownership, all citizens should be able to benefit from participating in the energy transition. The ability to invest in energy efficiency or ownership of renewables should not be limited to well off households with enough disposable income. It is indeed vulnerable consumers and consumers experiencing energy poverty that can benefit most from being able to participate.

In a number of EU Member States, REScoops (also known as ‘renewable’ or ‘local’ energy communities) already pursue social aims, such as fighting against energy poverty. If supported by EU law and policy, REScoops can further empower vulnerable and low-income households across the EU to be able to share in the benefits of the energy transition.

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Assessment of Karins Draft Report on citizen and community energy

The ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans’ Package presents an opportunity to provide citizens and communities with a supportive framework to participate across the energy system. By 2050, almost half of all EU households could be producing renewable energy, about 37% of which could come through involvement in an energy community.1 For the energy transition, this potential provides an opportunity to empower consumers, increase competition, address socio-economic needs, contribute to local investment and growth of small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and build support for renewables and energy efficiency.

Karins’ Draft Report presents a vision for an energy market design where the role of citizens and local energy communities is significantly marginalized. Specifically, Karins proposes to roll back several positive elements of the Commission’s proposal that would help provide a level playing field for consumers and local energy communities (eg. groups and cooperatives of citizens for renewable energy that are represented by REScoop.eu). Furthermore, it ignores an important opportunity to clarify key provisions on local energy communities.

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