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.
The ITRE vote on the Renewables Directive: an opportunity to empower Europe’s energy citizens
November 2017 - by REScoop.eu
The amendments of the new Renewables Directive are currently discussed by the members of the ITRE (Industry, Research and Energy) Committee. ITRE members are scheduled to vote on these amendments on 28 November 2017.
The European Parliament has an unprecedented opportunity to support the role of citizens in the energy transition. Until now, EU legislation has only referenced citizens as passive consumers of energy. Now, there is a chance to provide citizens with an enabling regulatory framework, supported by a basic set of rights, to give them a solid footing to become active in Europe’s energy market and to contribute to its renewable energy transition.
Q&A - Lessons from the German onshore wind tender results
October 2017 - by RESCoop.eu
In Germany, an experiment is under way to move towards tenders for new renewable energy capacity while also trying to maintain citizen participation, which has been a major driver of the energy transition in Germany. With two rounds of tenders now complete, there are a number of lessons to take away. At the EU level in particular, we have the opportunity to learn from Germany’s experience to ensure that the clean energy package results in a safe space for REScoops across Europe to participate alongside larger players in order to realise the energy transition.
The questions and answers below aim to provide the citizen’s perspective.
REScoop.eu Response to CEER’s White Paper on Renewable Self-Consumers and Energy Communities
September 2017 - by REScoop.eu
CEER’s recently published White Paper provides much insight into how active customers, renewables self-consumers, renewable energy communities (RECs), and local energy communities (LECs) are perceived by NRAs. Given that REScoops only recently registered on the radar of many NRAs, it is essential that a common understanding is being developed around ‘who’ or ‘what’ REScoops are, the benefits they offer society, the energy system and the environment, the challenges they face, and what they need from regulators so they can benefit from a level playing field. In this paper, we address and respond to several points covered by CEER’s White Paper.
Community Energy Coalition's response to Karin's Draft report on MDI
July 2017 - by Community Energy Coalition
The ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans’ Package presents an opportunity to provide citizens and communities with a supportive framework to participate across the energy system. By 2050, almost half of all EU households could be producing renewable energy, about 37% of which could come through involvement in an energy community.1 For the energy transition, his potential provides an opportunity to empower consumers, increase competition, address socio-economic needs, contribute to local investment and growth of small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and build support for renewables and energy efficiency.
Karins’ Draft Report presents a vision for an energy market design where the role of citizens and local energy communities is significantly marginalized. Specifically, Karins proposes to roll back several positive elements of the Commission’s proposal that would help provide a level playing field for consumers and local energy communities (eg. groups and cooperatives of citizens for renewable energy that are represented by REScoop.eu). Furthermore, it ignores an important opportunity to clarify key provisions on local energy communities.
The clean energy package: Energy communities and the Market Design Initiative
May 2017 - by REScoop.eu
The ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans’ Package represents a unique opportunity to provide citizens and communities with acknowledgment, as well as a supportive framework to participate across the energy system. For the very first time, the Commission’s legislative proposals contain for provisions for energy communities and active customers, which can provide a basis for encouraging their participation in the EU’s internal energy market. However, these provisions must be strengthened if citizens are going to become central player in Europe’s new electricity market design. Here are our proposals.
REScoops – leading the way for a fair Energy Transition
May 2017 - by REScoop.eu
Regardless of income or home ownership, all citizens should be able to benefit from participating in the energy transition. The ability to invest in energy efficiency or ownership of renewables should not be limited to well off households with enough disposable income. It is indeed vulnerable consumers and consumers experiencing energy poverty that can benefit most from being able to participate. If supported by EU law and policy, REScoops can further empower vulnerable and low-income households across the EU to be able to share in the benefits of the energy transition.
The benefits of community ownership of renewable energy: joint paper by FOEE and REScoop.eu
May 2017 - by REScoop.eu & 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 REScoop.eu 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.
The clean energy package: joint statement on guarantee of origin in the Commission’s proposal
March 2017 - by BEUC, ClientEarth, EREF, FOEE, Greenpeace, WindEurope and REScoop.eu
The clean energy package: Energy communities and the Renewable Energy Directive
March 2017 - by REScoop.eu
Currently, EU legislation does not mention community participation in the energy sector. Even so, community energy has existed for decades, and there is increasing interest of citizens to become involved. The ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans’ Package represents a unique opportunity to change this. For the very firstime, the Commission’s legislative proposals contain for provisions for renewable energy communities and self-consumers, which can provide a basis for encouraging their participation in the EU’s internal energy market. However, these provisions must be strengthened if citizens are going to continue to have an active role in the EU’s march towards a 100% renewables future. Here are our proposals.
Position Paper on Guarantee of origin
October 2016 by AIB, CEDEC, Europex, RECS International, CEDEC, EKO energy and REScoop.eu
REScoop.eu advocacy paper - Putting citizens at the core of the Energy Union
July 2016 by REScoop.eu
Through individual and collective actions as investors, owners, “prosumers” or simply active members of their local communities, citizens are now part of a new ‘energy democracy’ model. To make this transition, the European Union needs to focus on the citizen at all levels: in the Energy Union policies definition, in the Internal Market, and in local RES projects. Finally, once the State Aid Guidelines are being revised it is imperative that member states are guided better so that citizens and local communities are not overlooked.