• Definitions Matter

    As Europe is working on a new energy market design, REScoop.eu has developed a number of key points for how REScoops need to be acknowledged in any future legislative and regulatory frameworks.


    Active customers, referred to generically as ‘energy prosumers’, are individual citizens, households, non-commercial organisations, public entities and SME’s that not only consume energy, but also actively participate in the energy market, either individually or collectively, including through an ‘energy community’. Active participation in the market may consist in producing renewable energy, enhancing energy efficiency and/or energy system management and grid integration of fluctuating renewable energy sources through demand side response, aggregation, storage, etc. REScoop.eu believes that active customers should get easy access to the grid and to energy markets at fair conditions. In addition, we argue that EU Member States should endorse the participation of active customers in various markets (adapted grid tariffs, fiscal reduction, ...).


    Self-consumption is the act for prosumers to consume all or part of the energy produced by installation(s) they own individually or through an energy community. REScoop.eu argues that Europe should promote the right to self-consumption for both tenants and owners of private houses. We argue that Europe should allow citizens, including through an energy company, to establish closed distribution networks that are currently provided for under Article 28 of Directive 2009/72/EC. REScoop.eu believes that EU Member States should ensure fair valuation, as well as a fair price and market access for surplus of energy that is injected into the grid, and that energy prices should be directly linked to energy consumption consumed (variable cost), rather than to the capacity installed (fixed costs) because it encourages energy efficiency.


    An Energy Community is a legal entity where citizens, SMEs and local authorities come together, as final users of energy, to cooperate in the generation, consumption distribution, storage, supply, aggregation of energy from renewable sources, or offer energy efficiency/demand side management services. REScoop.eu argues that Europe should recognise that energy communities contribute to social innovation and regional development objectives, as defined by the Commission. The definition of an energy community should be framed concretely around governing statutes of entities that integrate the following operative principles that distinguish them from traditional commercial energy undertakings:


    1. Concern for community – the aim of the undertaking is to provide economic, social and environmental benefits for their members or the local area or areas where they are active, rather than being profit driven
    2. Provide for open, voluntary participation - Membership in a cooperative is open to all persons as final users of its services and that are willing to accept the responsibilities of membership.
    3. Democratic governance of the undertaking – direct democratic governance based on equal decision making rights (i.e. one-person-one-vote)
    4. Autonomy and independence – the undertaking is controlled by the members or shareholders who are participating as final users; outside investors or undertakings participating in the community must not have a controlling position within the board
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Privacy Policy

This policy explains when and why we collect personal information about people, how we use it and how we keep it secure.

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
Our website may contain links to websites run by other organisations. This privacy policy applies only to our website‚ so we encourage you to read the privacy statements on the other websites you visit. We are not responsible for the privacy policies and practices of other sites, even if you access them using links from our website.

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.