What local energy communities need from the Clean Energy Package

What local energy communities need from the Clean Energy Package

What local energy communities need from the Clean Energy Package - The Renewable Energy Directive

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.