Key policy recommendations on the 'Clean Energy Package'

Key policy recommendations on the 'Clean Energy Package'

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.

The ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans’ Package poses a unique opportunity to provide citizens and communities with a supportive framework to participate across the energy system. However, the package must be strengthened to support the necessary involvement of citizens within the energy transition.

Read our main position papers regarding The ‘Clean Energy’-package.

1. What local energy communities need from the Clean Energy Package

The ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans’ Package poses a unique opportunity for the EU to harness this potential. However, the package must be strengthened if citizens are going to become central players and help the EU to meet its climate and energy objectives.

Key Points

In order for the Renewable Energy Directive to contribute to a supportive framework for REScoops:

1. Criteria for ‘renewable energy communities’ should encourage open participation from all members of the local community and guard against abuse from larger energy companies.

2. Renewable energy communities must be guaranteed the ability to participate in support schemes, including through inclusion of tender criteria that recognise local socio-economic benefits and local acceptance.

3. Participation by low-income, vulnerable and tenant households should be encouraged.

4. REScoops that generate and supply their members should be able to sell electricity through a reliable, transparent tracking scheme - not be required to buy Guarantees of Origin through auctions.

5. Citizens should be incentivised to invest in technologies that benefit both themselves and the grid. Tariffs and compensation for distributed energy resources need to reflect their actual fair value.

6. Cooperation between local/regional authorities and REScoops should be encouraged.

7. Administrative procedures should be simplified and streamlined, while more information and guidance needs to be made available to REScoops planning projects.

2. Local Energy Communities: a way to bring ‘all Europeans’ along in the energy transition 

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.