What is the Energy Communities Repository?
The Energy Communities Repository is an initiative on behalf of the European Commission to assist local actors (including citizens, local authorities, and businesses) with setting up and advancing clean energy projects driven by energy communities in urban areas across Europe. The initiative contributes to a just transition to climate neutrality that allows citizens to take ownership of energy consumption and production.
The Repository will provide technical support to energy communities whose activities are primarily in urban areas. For rural communities, a second initiative, the Rural Energy Communities Advisory Hub, will be providing tailored technical assistance. The two programmes will be working closely together and an internal transfer of energy communities is feasible upon agreement depending on expressed needs.
Who is it for?
Citizens and civil society, energy communities, public authorities and governments, policymakers, local businesses... Every player with an interest in contributing to the development of energy communities across Europe!
What does it offer?
In practice, the Energy Communities Repository provides three main types of services:
The Repository aims to increase awareness, understanding, and engagementaround the topic of energy communities. To this end, it will analyze existing national legislations, including enabling and supporting frameworks, for energy communities and provide guidance to the Member States, regulators, EU policymakers, and financing institutions based on identified best practices. To showcase existing energy communities and track the development of new communities, the Repository will further build a database of energy communities, and carry out an impact assessment of the energy communities mapped.
The Energy Communities Repository will provide direct technical assistance, online twinning, and peer-learning activities, as well as capacity-building webinars and workshops.
The initiative will provide support to at least 150 energy communitiesin setting up their groups, advancing their projects, and developing financing concepts, and will train national expertsto support the development of national one-stop shops and encourage replication.
Through a dedicated website, the Energy Communities Repository will share best practices, guidance materials, a policy analysis database, a map of energy communities, a Helpdesk, etc.