Overall assessment

Latvia's National Recovery and Resilience Plan consists of 63 investments and 25 reforms. They will be supported by EUR 1,969 million in grants; 42% of the plan will support climate objectives and 23% of the plan will support the digital transition.

The Plan received a significant boost in terms of planned support for energy communities, following the addition of the REPowerEU chapter. There is still no specific funding allocation for energy communities however.

Detailed assessment

Specific allocation for energy communities

There is no specific funding allocation to support energy communities.

Definition of energy communities in line with EU legislation

While there is no mention to the EU Directives in Latvia's NRRP, the transposition process in the country has been fairly satisfactory.

Proportionality of share of total fund allocated to energy communities

There is no specific funding allocation to support energy communities.

Availability of tailored financing tools

There is no specific funding allocation to support energy communities.

Link between energy communities, building renovation and energy efficiency

While energy communities are not directly linked with activities such as renovations, or energy efficiency measures, there is a provision to facilitate energy sharing within multi-apartment buildings.

Recognition of energy communities under multiple objectives

Energy communities are recognised under multiple objectives in Latvia's Recovery and Resilience Plan including: promoting renewable energy and reducing fossil fuel imports, and tackling energy poverty.

Holistic strategy to provide financing across different levels of project development

While there are no detailed measures to provide financial support to energy communities, Latvia's NRRP

  • introduces the obligation for local and regional authorities to direct a part of the amount of electricity produced in the energy community, or the economic benefit obtained from it, to vulnerable groups of society;
  • introduces the obligation for electricity traders to offer at least one product for the purchase of electricity from energy communities.

Transparency of the design and communication of the schemes and measures

The process of drafting the Latvian NRRP has followed formal procedures, but with little access to civil society organisations to provide feedback.

Selection criteria and the prioritisation of various social components

While there are no open funding calls, thus it's hard to determine how potential funds for energy communities will be distributed, the clear link made with energy poverty indicates that social outcomes will be prioritized.

Decentralised tender process

This information is not available.

Existence of procedures to facilitate the participation of energy communities in open calls

This information is not available, as there are currently no calls for funding planned.

Inclusion of energy communities in national REPowerEU chapter

Energy communities were prominently featured in the REPowerEU chapter of Latvia's NRRP. A more detailed analysis can be found in the relevant tracker tab.