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The benefits of community ownership of renewable energy

Joint paper by FOEE and

May 2017​ - by & Friends of the Earth Europe

On the 30th of November 2016 the European Commission published the Energy Package that calls itself a Clean Energy Package for all Europeans. As part of the European Commission’s commitment to put citizens at the heart of the energy transition the Clean Energy package gives citizens and their community energy projects the right to produce, store and sell their own renewable energy. As Friends of the Earth Europe and we welcome these moves in the right direction. However there are conflicting signals in the package and to allow community- and cooperatively-owned renewable energy projects to fulfill their true potential certain threats to community energy need to be removed.

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