28 May 2020

At the end of May the community power coalition wrote to Vice President Timmermans and Commissioner Simson to ask them to make Community energy central the EU's recovery efforts. The letter calls on the recipients to implement an economic recovery that ensures our society and our local communities are more resilient and fairer in the long term. Locally owned renewble energy development should be central to this.

The Community Power Coalition is a coalition of organisations across Europe working together to increase peoples' ownership of renewable energy.

 

24 May 2020

This paper is a guide for national decision makers who face the task of putting aspects of the Clean Energy Package into their national legislation.

It aims to inform national decision makers about how to transpose parts of the Renewable Energy Directive and the Electricity Market Directive. It focuses specifically on the provisions regarding the newly-established rights of citizens like self-consumption and energy communities, and provides recommendations to be applied when drafting national legislation and regulations.

23 December 2019

Europe urgently needs to transition to clean and safe renewable energy. To prevent the worst effects of climate change, this transition needs to be very fast. However, lack of public support is currently slowing down the energy transition.

1 September 2019

Putting people, communities and local authorities at the heart of Europe's energy transformation

This Vision Statement sets out demands for a future energy system for Europe which is sustainable, carbon-free, socially fair, publicly owned and controlled by local communities and people. 

28 May 2019

Most EU member states positively acknowledge renewable energy communities in their draft National Energy and Climate Plans and some commit to boosting community renewables. However, for most EU countries, they do not match this acknowledgment with concrete policies or measures to support energy communities. As they finalise their plans by the end of 2019, there is room for all countries to improve the level of detail and clarity of their plans to support energy communities.

14 February 2019

This booklet explains how new EU renewable energy legislation could be used to unleash a wave of fossil-free community energy across Europe.

Bringing examples from across Europe, it shows how the new EU renewable energy directive - which enshrines new rights for communities, local authorities and citizens to generate and sell their own energy - can help to remove barriers to community renewables. It gives practical steps and resources for action.

25 September 2018

The ‘Manifesto for a Sustainable Europe for its Citizens’ sets out a future of Europe based on core ethical values and sustainable development: democracy and transparency, social and environmental justice, human rights, the rule of law, equality, and solidarity. It states that European policies, rules and standards should that do what they were intended for: protect and safeguard well-being and health, ensure safety and freedom for people and protection of the climate and the environment, and serve present and future generations in and outside Europe.

26 July 2018

We face a planetary emergency. Communities are already feeling the impacts of climate change. We in Europe must do our fair share to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees. For Europe, this means a fair and urgent transition to a fossil-free energy system by 2030. This booklet outlines what we need to do to bring about a safe and clean Europe, free from fossil fuels.

24 April 2018

Facts and figures about renewables in Europe.

Revealing the dramatic advance of renewable energy and the future shape of energy in Europe, the 'Energy Atlas' shows how technology now available makes a 100% renewable energy system viable. It is published with the European Renewable Energies Federation, Green European Foundation (GEF), and the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung.

17 April 2018

It's crunch time for EU energy policy.

As negotiations on new laws governing our energy future until 2030 pick up speed, it's time to look at what this will mean for people and planet. In this briefing, we outline the way forward for an energy transition that would benefit all, moving away from fossil fuels, protecting workers' livelihoods, tackling energy poverty, and unleashing the potential of people-owned renewable projects. The only question is: will EU Member States choose this path?

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