We have undertook the effort to assess the treatment of energy communities in the 28 draft National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs), independently of a pre-existing national framework. After identifying the relevant sections for energy communities, the provisions are analysed according to the following criteria:
More on the scope and method can be found in annex 1.
The simplified results can be found on this traffic light on the right. A more nuanced picture with summarised comments can be found in the high-level assessment (section 1). While it is encouraging that a vast majority of member states acknowledges positively energy communities, it is restricted to certain dimensions and not accompanied by concrete measures. Annex 2 compiles relevant information and comments of the 28 NECPs.
Section 2 presents a sector by sector assessment, that is, objectives and measures planned for energy communities in renewables, energy efficiency and market integration. While measures for renewable energy communities under the enabling framework were vastly tackled, other targets and measures were mostly ignored.
The key takeaways (section 3) are that:
Section 4 presents our recommendations:
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