The volume aims to investigate the legislative framework of different EU Member States to achieve an understanding of the state of the art of national legislation in promoting Renewable Energy Communities.
Editor: Renata Gravina, Fondazione Luigi Einaudi
One of the key pillars of the energy policy of the European Commission is to put citizens at the centre of energy transition. Citizens should become an active part of the decarbonisation process by adopting, e.g., self-consumption or selling renewable electricity and flexibility services to the market. Renewable Energy Communities (RECs) are one of the models envisaged by the EU legislation to promote such active role of citizens and achieve ambitious decarbonisation targets.
The volume aims to investigate the legislative framework of different EU Member States (Bulgaria, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Portugal) to achieve an understanding of the state of the art of national legislation in promoting RECs. The most relevant aspect of the book is its comparative and methodological value. Key ideas are that RECs must remain independent from members and other market players, that participation in energy communities must be open to all potential participants. Members must retain control over the activities and assets of the REC and, eventually, RECs cannot have profit-making as their primary objective, but rather, achieve environmental benefits. The volume is precisely designed to be a useful tool for policy and decisionmakers on national and European level.