Leveraging European Public Funds to Support Energy Communities
The present briefing builds on the ongoing collaborative work between REScoop.eu, CEE Bankwatch Network and Climate Action Network, mapping to what extent 3 major types of EU Funds (Recovery and Resilience Fund, Cohesion & Regional Development Funds, Modernisation Fund), are being used by Member States to support energy communities. We took a broad approach to energy communities considering both European definitions: Citizen Energy Community (CEC) and Renewable Energy Community (REC).
Governments across the EU are encouraged to leverage public funds to support energy communities, and thus to accelerate the energy transition, promote citizen inclusion, and garner acceptance towards renewables. This briefing is directly linked to our Public Financing Tracker: an online tool that can be used for advocacy purposes by campaigners, and as a clear communication roadmap for policymakers.