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Spain’s energy cooperatives lead charge to exploit solar power
September 2021

Spain’s growing energy cooperative movement has received a boost after the government announced that some of the latest allocation of renewable energy will be in small lots, rather than large tranches that only big energy companies can afford.

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Community solar farm to be developed on former Plymouth landfill site
August 2021

Plymouth Energy Community (PEC) is working with Plymouth City Council to develop a community-owned solar farm.

The solar project will be located at an old landfill site, with PEC having now completed feasibility studies with support from a government grant. These showed the project could generate 14,284MWh per year while providing a 10% improvement in biodiversity.

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EXPERT TALK: Collective Action Inititatives in Energy: A means to unlock citizen engagement in the energy transition?
February 2021

In order to make the energy transition a success, we have to be able to count on citizen engagement. This has proven to be a challenge in the past. Collective Action Initiatives could be a solution. In this Expert Talk, we explore the concept and ask ourselves whether CAIs could be an ideal tool to engage citizens in the story of the energy transition. By COMETS Partner, EnergyVille.

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Slovenia eases procedure for establishment of energy communities
December 2020

After the existing regulation was proved to have shortcomings, the Government of Slovenia amended the relevant decree to promote communities that jointly install facilities for the production of energy from renewable sources. The first such cooperative was established in the Luče municipality.

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A People-Powered Energy System: Activating the Community Energy Market for Bioenergy
December 2020

Community bioenergy schemes can play a catalytic role in the market uptake of bioenergy heating technologies, yet their deployment nowadays remains significantly slow. While there are numerous energy cooperatives established across Europe, their vast majority focuses on exploiting solar and wind energy with biomass-based communities accounting for only a minor share of existing RESCoops.

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Transforming homes into power stations - how Sweden is disrupting energy production

September 2020

54% of Sweden’s power comes from renewables and this energy is increasingly local. Smart grids are switching Swedish homes from energy consumers to power-making ‘prosumers.’ Local ‘district heating’ plants use excess heat to warm the majority of Swedish homes.

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Spanish oil giant pushing community solar
May 2020

Through its Solmatch initiative, Spanish fossil fuel company Repsol says it wants to help urban energy communities spread in its homeland. The oil and gas business plans to pay for the installation of rooftop solar panels which can then provide clean energy to energy communities.

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Energy community provisions for Italy
March 2020

New measures introduced by the government allow households, businesses and public entities to produce and trade clean electricity in low-voltage grids. The new framework is open to power projects with a generation capacity no larger than 200 kW.

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Democratization of energy on rise in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina

August 2021

The number of local energy communities is on the increase in Croatia as well as the number of citizens directly and actively involved in sustainable energy projects – more and more supported by the state within EU’s legal framework and common practice. Meanwhile, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, people from both entities and all cantons are fighting for protection of rivers and against state’s destructional strategy to promotes investments into small hidro power plants – which appear to be obsolete in this country rich in RES.

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How community energy schemes can help the UK reach net zero

June 2021

With support from Energy Saving Trust, communities across the UK have been turning their projects into reality. The benefits include reducing emissions and helping the UK reach net zero by 2050.

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COMETS National Research Teams launched!

January 2021

With the Kick-off meeting of the Belgian National Research Team on 14 January, the participitory activities with/for Collective Action Initiatives (CAIs) have begun. The National Research Teams in the other five countries are expected to start in the following weeks and will go through the Comparative Case Studies phase till the end of March 2021. Overall, 30 comparative case studies (5 for each of the COMETS countries) will be investigated. The goal is to develop a joint understanding about the development of these CAIs together with external stakeholders and experts.

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Irish Minister Ryan announces €28 million Government funding call for community energy projects
December 2020

Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan TD, has launched a €28 million fund for community energy projects across Ireland. The Community Energy Grant Scheme is funded under the National Retrofit Programme and is now open for applications. It offers grant support for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects throughout the country. 

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Italy awards tariff of €0.11/kWh for shared electricity in energy communities
November 2020

Great news! Energy communities in Italy will be awarded a special tariff for all shared power in renewable energy systems not exceeding 200 kW in size. Surplus power can be injected into the grid, but with no remuneration, which may encourage the members of these communities to resort to storage.
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Should consumers lead the global energy transition?
August 2020

The answer is: Yes. How much more power could the consumer have? What would they do with that power? And what is their role in the global energy transition? Kelvin Ross asks players in the energy sector.

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Lithuania Approves Plan To Promote More Renewable Energy Communities
May 2020

The Lithuanian government has recently approved new legislation based on proposals by the Ministry of Energy that will encourage the establishment of renewable energy communities where people and businesses generate their own electricity and share it with each other. Producers of renewable energy will be allowed to sell energy between themselves and to end users, according to the government.

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Community-generated green electricity to be offered to all in UK
January 2020

UK homes will soon be able to plug into community wind and solar farms from anywhere in the country through the first energy tariff to offer clean electricity exclusively from community projects
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What Are Renewable Energy Communities and How Will They Grow?
August 2021

The new Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) in Europe establishes a target of 32% renewable energy by 2030, and calls for citizens to help develop renewable energy. As part of that directive, the European Union enables renewable energy communities and self-consumption of renewable energy.

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National Geographic : Americans want more renewable energy. Can ‘community choice’ help them get it?
April 2020

Frustrated by slow uptake of renewable power sources, some communities are taking their power needs into their own hands.
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Italy launches first solar energy community in social housing project
April 2020

An energy community in northern Italy will integrate a PV installation with a storage system to power 48 households of a social housing project and a fleet of rented electric vehicles. It is a collective effort that could be replicable as soon as 2023.
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Energy Blockchain Can Boost Smart Energy Communities
December 2020

As a cryptographic, peer-to-peer ledger system for the reliable recording of information without centralized authority, blockchain holds promise for sectors like energy that are trending toward decentralization.

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A Game Theoretic Approach for Energy Sharing in the Italian Renewable Energy Communities
October 2020

The Italian legislation recently started an experimental phase in which renewable energy communities receive an incentivising tariff for the energy produced and shared within the community. This paper faces the problem of creating a new renewable energy community in two steps.
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Hundreds of Greek families jointly building solar power plants of 100 MW
July 2020

Agricultural cooperative Agrinio Union said works are underway on a group of photovoltaic facilities developed by the local energy community it established. Five hundred Greek families are jointly building solar power plants of 100 MW in total and the model has been incorporated in the national legal framework for future investments in the country.
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The business case for collective self-consumption solar systems in Spain through the lense of Iberdrola's first installation in Madrid
March 2020

Besides citizen cooperatives, collective self-consumption can also be a great opportunity for electric utilities since the latter can offer more competitive electricity retailing models, where the customer can receive locally-produced renewable energy and in a more economical way.
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CEER Publishes Report on Self-Consumption and Energy Communities
June 2019

CEER has published a Report on Regulatory Aspects of Self-Consumption and Energy Communities. Following the formal recognition of active consumers and the introduction of Citizen Energy Communities (CECs) and Renewable Energy Communities (RECs) in the Clean Energy Package (CEP), CEER sought to analyse the regulatory implications of these new actors.
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