We are thrilled to share with you the final version of the DECIDE position paperWidening the support for participation of EU citizens in community and collective energy actions”. The document focuses on the concept of collective energy action, existence of collective energy actions on the ground and lack of acknowledgement and research and other support for such initiatives in the process of local stakeholder involvement in the European energy transition.

This paper is the result of 2 years of work, action and research carried out with 40+ on the ground initiatives across Europe within DECIDE project. The results of this work show that while energy communities (defined as Renewable Energy Communities and Citizen Energy Communities) have their space in the energy transition, the view on collective and community involvement needs to be wider to include most on the ground initiatives and account for their efforts and impact in the ongoing energy transition. Please read the position paper to see in more details.

The position paper is a call to discussion for more broader policy, research support and action on the European level. Please feel free to react to our position paper and let us know your feedback – info@decide4energy.eu.

DECIDE is a Horizon 2020 project that aims to gain a better understanding of how energy communities and energy efficiency services are established and managed. It also intends to identify which kind of communications and interactions work best to encourage participation in energy communities for specific types of individuals and groups, and to test and transfer knowledge in pilot projects across Europe.

The project focusses on three levels of Energy Communities:

  • those existing at the start of the project and included in the work plan as such,
  • those that will be initiated throughout the project, and
  • those not directly partnering in the project but benefiting from the exchange and expertise of DECIDE.

Go and check also DECIDE project website and you will find…

…and much more from  decide4energy.eu.