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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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TRAINING

Training materials for innovative financing mechanisms in 7 languages

Source/Author: E-FIX project consortium

The training materials are focused on three types of financing mechanisms- crowdfunding, leasing and EPC and are translated and available in 7 languages- English, German, Czech, Polish, Croatian, Armenian and Georgian.

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CASE STUDY INFORMATION

Case Study peer-to-peer energy trading platform

Source/Author: Tractebel Romania

As member of the project consortium Socialres, Tractebel’s contribution consists in developing a pilot peer-to-peer trading platform and a roadmap for legislative actions needed to enable in the reality the concept of energy trading be...

As member of the project consortium Socialres, Tractebel’s contribution consists in developing a pilot peer-to-peer trading platform and a roadmap for legislative actions needed to enable in the reality the concept of energy trading between smaller market actors, being consumers, producers, prosumers, energy communities and cooperatives or aggregators.

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BEST PRACTICES

Case study/Cooperative: Bürgerenergiegenossenschaft Biederbach und Elztal eG

Source/Author: Bodensee-Stiftung

BEG Biderbach is a cooperative in the Black Forest area. It has activities in Wind, PV and E-charging infrastructure. Also they run a biomass based district heating network. Currently 260 members.

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BEST PRACTICES

Case Study/Cooperative: Bürgerenergie Bodensee eG

Source/Author: Bodensee-Stiftung

Regional energy cooperative (Baden-Württemberg, Germany) investing in RES projects including 134 members holding 1240 shares. Members can buy shares starting from 1000€, returned through the electricity feed in compensation. Implement...

Regional energy cooperative (Baden-Württemberg, Germany) investing in RES projects including 134 members holding 1240 shares. Members can buy shares starting from 1000€, returned through the electricity feed in compensation. Implemented projects include PV power station, and shares at regional wind farm. There is a great demand from the members for new projects and approaches.

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BEST PRACTICES

ISABEL Recommendations, Best Practice and replication guide

Source/Author: Diego Piedra-Garcia, Nadine Richter, Franziska Bornemann (FNR project team); Ananya Mukherjee, Maria Xenitidou (SURREY project team); Panagiotis Christodoulidis, Dimitris Daskalakis (Q-PLAN project team); Dimitri Vedel, Volker Kromrey, Matthias Koppe, (LCF project team); Steve Bowra, Derek Coe, Cliff Spencer (GBTF project team); Anna Fragkidou, Charalampos Kouklidis (EBW project team); Ioannis Kostopoulos (WR project team)

The report draws on the impact assessment and comparative analysis conducted as part of the project on the uptake of community-based biogas projects at regional contexts across Europe, to formulate Policy Recommendations and Good Practic...

The report draws on the impact assessment and comparative analysis conducted as part of the project on the uptake of community-based biogas projects at regional contexts across Europe, to formulate Policy Recommendations and Good Practices. This knowledge also derives from of a Replication Guide, which includes practical guidelines for replication/transfer of ISABEL outcomes to other regional settings across Europe. The guide also highlights the challenges and complexities involved in starting a biogas community. To sum up, biogas communities involve different stakeholders (citizens, social entrepreneurs, public authorities and community organisations) creating the energy transition by investing, participating directly, generating, and using renewable energy.

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BEST PRACTICES

Coalescce Community Energy Toolkit

Source/Author: Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council, UK; Region of Abruzzo, Italy; Euro Perspectives Foundation, Bulgaria; Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Agency, Ae3R, Ploieşti, Prahova, Romania; Institute of Valencian Business Competitiveness, Spain; LENERG Energy Agency, Hungary; Lake Constance Foundation, Germany

The focus of COALESCCE has been to analyse local community energy markets, identify interventions which will develop a step change in the development of those markets, and put in place changes in local policy frameworks and structural fu...

The focus of COALESCCE has been to analyse local community energy markets, identify interventions which will develop a step change in the development of those markets, and put in place changes in local policy frameworks and structural fund allocation mechanisms enabling and delivering this step change. This Toolkit developed by the COALESCCE partners for the project will enable the dissemination of community energy initiatives and knowledge sharing across all EU member countries. It has been designed to specifically support the implementation of our Regional Action Plans. 1. What is Community Energy? 2. How can I get involved in Community Energy? 3. Why Community Energy? The Benefits 4. Community Energy Project Pathway 5. Resources and Links 5. Good Practice Case Studies

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SCIENTIFIC PAPERS

Renewable energy communities under the 2019 European Clean Energy Package – Governance model for the energy clusters of the future?

Source/Author: J. Lowitzscha, C.E. Hoickab, F.J. van Tuldera

This article defines "renewable energy clusters" that are comprised of complementarity of different energy sources, flexibility, interconnectivity of different actors and bi-directionality of energy flows. We argue that RECs and RE clust...

This article defines "renewable energy clusters" that are comprised of complementarity of different energy sources, flexibility, interconnectivity of different actors and bi-directionality of energy flows. We argue that RECs and RE clusters are socio-technical mirrors of the same concept, necessary in a renewable energy transition. To test how these new rules will fare in practice, drawing on a secondary dataset of 67 best-practice cases of consumer (co-)ownership from 18 countries, each project is assessed using the criteria of cluster potential, and for the extent that they meet the RED II governance requirements of heterogeneity of members and of ownership structure.

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BRIEF

Innovation landscape brief: Aggregators

Source/Author: International Renewable Energy Agengy (IRENA)

This brief forms part of the IRENA project “Innovation landscape for a renewablepowered future”, which maps the relevant innovations, identifies the synergies and formulates solutions for integrating high shares of variable renewable...

This brief forms part of the IRENA project “Innovation landscape for a renewablepowered future”, which maps the relevant innovations, identifies the synergies and formulates solutions for integrating high shares of variable renewable energy (VRE) into power systems.

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SCIENTIFIC PAPERS

Social Innovation in Community Energy in Europe: A Review of the Evidence

Source/Author: Richard J. Hewitt, Nicholas Bradley, Andrea Baggio Compagnucci, Carla Barlagne, Andrzej Ceglarz, Roger Cremades, Margaret McKeen, Ilona M. Otto and Bill Slee

On the basis of evidence from 8 European countries, we investigate CE, over approximately the last 50 years (c.1970–2018), through the lens of Social Innovation (SI). We carry out a detailed review of literature around the social dimen...

On the basis of evidence from 8 European countries, we investigate CE, over approximately the last 50 years (c.1970–2018), through the lens of Social Innovation (SI). We carry out a detailed review of literature around the social dimension of renewable energy; we collect, describe and map CE initiatives from Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and the UK; and we unpack the SI concept into 4 operational criteria which we suggest are essential to recognizing SI in CE. These are: (1) Crises and opportunities; (2) the agency of civil society; (3) reconfiguration of social practices, institutions and networks; (4) new ways of working. We identify three main phases of SI in CE.

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