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Energy Communities as Demand-Side Innovators? Assessing the Potential of European Sases to Reduce Demand and Foster Flexibility

Source/Author: Jake Barnes, Paula Hansen, Tanja Kamin, Urša Golob, Monica Musolino, Agatino Nicita

Energy communities (ECs) are widely recognised for their potential to generate renewable energy. By contrast, the capacity of ECs to reduce energy demand and foster flexibility has attracted little attention to date, despite their theore...

Energy communities (ECs) are widely recognised for their potential to generate renewable energy. By contrast, the capacity of ECs to reduce energy demand and foster flexibility has attracted little attention to date, despite their theoretical potential to do so. To address this gap, we apply three perspectives – social representations theory, actor-network theory, and business models – to the analysis of nine case studies based in six European countries (Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Sweden, Netherlands, and United Kingdom). The core of the article comprises analysis of the nine cases from each perspective. Our results highlight the (un)intended effects of ECs on the energy representations of members; the configurational work required by focal actors to assemble new socio-technical configurations; and the value creation and capture opportunities open to ECs in the creation of novel business models; These factors in turn impact whether and how ECs achieve demand reduction and flexibility. We summarise and discuss these results in a process of meta-theoretical triangulation to produce a multifaceted and relational account of the potential of ECs to develop demand-side solutions. This leads us to conclude that ECs have a distinct capacity to develop demand-side solutions, rooted in the creation of innovative socio-technical configurations; and that this distinct capacity of ECs has the potential to complement and extend the contemporary focus on the use of market mechanisms to achieve demand reduction and increase flexibility.

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CASE STUDY INFORMATION

Abundance Swindon Common Farm Solar

Source/Author: RES Crowdfunding Platform

Abundance worked with Swindon Borough Council for interesting projects: to build and finance of a 4.8MW ground mounted solar park and the first Council low carbon project.

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CASE STUDY INFORMATION

EnergEtica

Source/Author: RES Cooperative

EnergÉtica S. Coop. is a consumer cooperative which counts more than 1100 members and 1300 electricity supply contracts. This cooperative owns 20% of a mini- hydroelectric power plant (1MW).

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CASE STUDY INFORMATION

I-ENER

Source/Author: RES Coopertative

I-ENER is a citizen society focusing on the development of renewable energy projects, mainly the production of electricity and heat (e.g. photovoltaic, biomass, etc.), in the Basque country.

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CASE STUDY INFORMATION

GoParity

Source/Author: ES Cooperative & RES Crowdfunding Platform

The case study provided by Go Parity includes the case study of the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) signed between the RES cooperative Cooperative Agricola de Mangualde (CAM) and Coopernico, and the RES crowdfunding case study Peer to Pee...

The case study provided by Go Parity includes the case study of the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) signed between the RES cooperative Cooperative Agricola de Mangualde (CAM) and Coopernico, and the RES crowdfunding case study Peer to Peer (P2P) lending for the Lisbon Swedish School.

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CASE STUDY INFORMATION

Lake Constance Fundation

Source/Author: RES Cooperative

The case studies provided by Lake Constance Fundation include a cluster of German citizen energy cooperatives in Baden-Württemberg. Two examples of energy cooperatives are the Bioenergy Villages and Bürgerenergie Bodensee (Civil ener...

The case studies provided by Lake Constance Fundation include a cluster of German citizen energy cooperatives in Baden-Württemberg. Two examples of energy cooperatives are the Bioenergy Villages and Bürgerenergie Bodensee (Civil energy cooperatives at Lake Constance).

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CASE STUDY INFORMATION

Green Energy Cooperative

Source/Author: RES Crowdfunding Platform/Cooperative

Križevci Solar Roof: P2P crowdfunding investment model to finance an installation of a 30kW PV system on the rooftop of a business centre owned by the City of Krizevci (Croatia).

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GUIDELINES

Roadmap for virtual transaction platform – P2P Tractebel platform for a residential neighbourhood

Source/Author: Petrică Radan, Daniela Leonte, Florin Ciausiu, Alexandru Costeniuc, TRACTEBEL

The study briefly describes the functioning of energy markets, and the concepts of energy community and aggregator and concentrates further on the benefits of a virtual energy trading platform, that could empower these actors to efficien...

The study briefly describes the functioning of energy markets, and the concepts of energy community and aggregator and concentrates further on the benefits of a virtual energy trading platform, that could empower these actors to efficiently join the energy market(s).

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BRIEF

Report on new business models for cooperation among cooperatives, crowdfunding, and aggregators

Source/Author: Iban Lizarralde, Audrey Abi Akle, Mikhail Hamwi, Basma Samir, ESTIA

This document is a jointly-developed Policy Brief with a set of recommendations for EU policymakers on how to better harness and support social innovation for energy transitions. The Policy Brief first syntheses findings in five areas: t...

This document is a jointly-developed Policy Brief with a set of recommendations for EU policymakers on how to better harness and support social innovation for energy transitions. The Policy Brief first syntheses findings in five areas: the diversity and relevance of social innovation in energy (SIE); citizens’ perception and support of SIE; social benefits of SIE; impacts of SIE on energy transitions in Europe; and policies and institutions related to SIE. These findings ground a set of conclusions and policy recommendations for policymakers at all levels, and at the EU, national, and local levels.

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BEST PRACTICES

Joint Policy Brief – Putting people at the heart of energy transitions

Source/Author: ENERGY

Social Innovation in Energy: four projects shine a light on the path forward. In April 2022, SocialRES came together with three of its sister projects to convene a conference on the social drivers of the energy transition.

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SCIENTIFIC PAPERS

COP26: its implications for the energy transition and social innovation

Source/Author: JUNG Lin, Lake Constance Foundation

This resource is a summary and analysis of the COP26 outcomes regarding the field of energy transition and social innovation. It aims to provide some in-depth information in a short length for professionals in areas of social innovation,...

This resource is a summary and analysis of the COP26 outcomes regarding the field of energy transition and social innovation. It aims to provide some in-depth information in a short length for professionals in areas of social innovation, such as researchers, practitioners and members of local communities. In this report, we provided an overview of the background and key outcomes of COP26. The achievements and also common criticisms to COP26 are also summarized. Then, we analysed its potential impact on social innovation in the energy transition. We concluded that the renewable energy projects will witness more financial and institutional support in the future. However, social innovation are still on the way to reach a higher priority on the political agenda in the future COPs.

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2021

SCIENTIFIC PAPERS

Energy communities: an overview of energy and social innovation

Source/Author: CARAMIZARU Elena; UIHLEIN Andreas

Community energy refers to a wide range of collective energy actions that involve citizens’ participation in the energy system. The Clean Energy Package recognises certain categories of community energy initiatives as ‘energy communi...

Community energy refers to a wide range of collective energy actions that involve citizens’ participation in the energy system. The Clean Energy Package recognises certain categories of community energy initiatives as ‘energy communities’ in European legislation. Energy communities can be understood as a way to ‘organise’ collective energy actions around open, democratic participation and governance and the provision of benefits for the members or the local community. This report focuses on 24 community energy schemes that could potentially be considered types of energy communities.

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