• Advocacy work

    REScoop.eu supports the energy transition to a decentralized, renewable, efficient, clean and sustainable energy system with citizens at its core. We refer to the energy transition as “the energy transition to energy democracy.” We believe that REScoops are the most appropriate business model to keep this transition fair and affordable for citizens, and to make sure no one is left behind. REScoop.eu follows up on relevant policy issues and organizes regular meetings with European policy makers.

    Our policy priorities

    As a federation representing REScoops working on renewables, energy efficiency, and other emerging technologies across the EU, our goal is to bring about a European energy market in which:

    • Citizens are encouraged to think beyond their own energy needs and to care for their local community
    • All citizens, particularly those that are vulnerable or who are experiencing energy poverty, have access to clean renewable energy at transparent and fair prices
    • Citizens and REScoops are encouraged guaranteed a right to produce, store, supply and use energy from local renewable energy sources, and to access markets on an equal playing field with larger actors
    • Acknowledgment of the role of REScoops in contributing towards the social economy, and employment, social cohesion, regional and rural development, and environmental protection objectives.
    • A level playing field for new business models that adopt alternative governance and ownership principles from traditional commercial energy companies (like REScoops) that protects against power abuse by incumbents 
    • The benefits of activities of citizens and REScoops to the local energy system, society and the environment are properly valued and remunerated
    • Citizens and REScoops are encouraged to own and operate distribution grids [and transmission lines]
    • Rules on priority grid access for renewable energy are maintained, in particular for smaller actors (including REScoops), and are properly implemented and enforced
    • A clear and stable legislative framework reduces complexity, costs and risks of investment in renewables and energy efficiency
    • Energy prices never include hidden (social) costs, nor potential risks that are passed on to future generations
    • Solidarity and trust among all stakeholders is enhanced
    • Transparency, minimal but strong regulation and oversight, as well as fair opportunities for citizen participation, are supported

    The benefits that energy communities provide

    Because of REScoops’ aims to include and empower all citizens to participate, and their concern for the well-being of the local community, they provide a number of benefits to society, the consumer, the environment, and the energy system as a whole.

    • Society - REScoops aim to maximize local value to support the social and economic welfare of the local communities in which they operate. It has been proven that community-owned windfarms in Germany generate eight times more local added value than commercially-owned projects. Many projects also have a social aim, which include support of community infrastructure, improving energy efficiency in public buildings, and fighting against energy poverty. Local ownership also promotes a circular local economy, where profits are kept within the community to promote other objectives of the energy transition, such as energy savings measures and building renovations. Finally, involvement in a REScoop empowers citizens involved locally and to engage with others in the community.
       
    • The Consumer – REScoops provide consumers with the choice of using locally produced renewable energy at the fairest price. Ecopower, a REScoop supplier in Flanders, is regularly awarded for the fairest billing structure of any supplier in the region. In Denmark, district heating networks that are community-owned are also cheaper than district heating networks that are owned by municipalities or private companies. When the community owns the infrastructure, any benefits or savings are passed on to the members, meaning directly to the consumer.
       
    • The environment – citizen participation in the energy system helps people get involved in the fight against climate change. REScoops encourage citizens to uptake of renewables and take actions to reduce their energy consumption. REScoops can also help improve local attitudes and acceptance towards renewable energy in their area, because they give citizens a chance to participate economically and politically.
       
    • The energy system – Working through their members, REScoops can help DSOs operate their networks more flexibly, safely and efficiently, even as more renewables comes onto the system. REScoops can encourage their members to adopt ‘smarter’ consumption habits and uptake technologies that can provide more flexibility to the grid, such as storage including electric vehicles, and they can aggregate demand response or provide other services to the local grid. In the long run, these activities and services can help DSOs save costs (e.g. through avoided system losses, voltage support, avoided or deferred upgrades to infrastructure, improved resiliency, reduced environmental impacts, etc), ultimately benefiting the system and the consumer.

    A level playing field for energy communities and active customers

    We also advocate for a transformation away from existing regulations, rules and policies, which have been designed for a centralized energy system and large energy companies that provide polluting fossil fuels and other inflexible baseload. At the core of this shift towards a more decentralized energy model, we advocate for:

    • A special bike lane for energy communities that focus on renewable energy generation so they can access support schemes in accordance with the State Aid Guidelines.
    • Recognition of the need to account for the particularities of REScoops and other smaller actors when it comes to grid access, dispatch, balancing (both responsibility and market access), licensing and registration, and unbundling obligations.
    • Acknowledgment of the benefits that activities of citizens and REScoops have for the local energy system, society and the environment, as well as proper proper valuation and remuneration for services provided locally that can displace the need to invest in traditional grid infrastructure
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By using our website, you are accepting this policy. If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact us by sending an email to sara.tachelet@rescoop.eu, by writing to REScoop.eu, Posthoflei 3 bus 3, 2600 Berchem, Belgium, or by giving a call to +32493400935.

Who are we?
REScoop.eu is the European federation for renewable energy cooperatives. We are a growing network of 1,500 European REScoops and their 1,000,000 citizens. REScoop.eu is a non-profit association under Belgian law (n°0543.579.288). The registered address is Avenue Milcamps 105 - 1030 Brussels – Belgium.

REScoop.eu is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy.

How do we collect information from you?
We obtain information about you when you use our website, for example, when you contact us to ask a question or gain more information about our activities, when you enter the details of a community energy project for the interactive map on our website, or when you subscribe to receive our monthly newsletter.

What type of information is collected?
The personal information we collect might include your name, the organization you work for, the website of that organization, email address, IP address, addresses of community energy projects (map) and information regarding what pages you access on our website, and when.

How is your information used?
We may use your information to:
-	send you a monthly newsletter which you have requested, including information that has a direct link with our network’s activities.
-	send you an invitation for one of our on- or offline events, in case you gave your consent to receive invitations to events, webinars or other REScoop.eu related activities.
-	share specific information with you in case you requested this information (contact form)
-	build a dynamic interactive map that identifies groups or cooperatives of citizens working on renewable energy, energy efficiency, e-mobility, and other energy-related activities across Europe.

Who has access to your information?
We will never sell or lease  your information to third parties. Furthermore, we will not share your information with third parties for marketing purposes. As part of our work, however, we might carefully share personal information between different parties within the REScoop.eu network, in order to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and experience. We use IT-solutions of third parties such as Mailchimp, Strikingly and Basecamp. Each of those parties has committed to be compliant with the GDPR-regulation .

Links to other websites
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Security
When you give us personal information, we take all necessary steps  to ensure that it’s treated securely, but remember that no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure. 

Your preferences
You have a choice about whether or not you wish to receive information from us. At any time, you are entitled to check and correct your personal data that is stored by our organisation. 
You can change your communication preferences at any time by contacting us by email: sara.tachelet@rescoop.eu  or telephone on +32493400935.

Review of this Policy
This Policy was last updated on 14 May 2018. We are entitled  to review this policy on a regular basis. We encourage you to visit and review this Privacy Policy periodically to ensure you agree with any changes or updates. We will post our revised privacy notice on our website and update the ‘Revision Date’ to reflect the date of the changes.