Collaborative briefing: Are renewable energy communities a vehicle to mitigate the energy crisis and lift people out of energy poverty?

This briefing was prepared by 10 EU-funded projects working on the topics of energy communities and/or energy poverty and it looks at how the two topics actually relate. The briefing provides some answers and policy recommendations to the question: “Can renewable energy communities be leveraged as a vehicle to mitigate the energy crisis, with the ability to lift people out of energy poverty? If so, how and under which conditions?”. The briefing targets various stakeholders who could use its inputs and examples to draft future EU, national and local policies, and all people interested in the topics.

These projects have received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement no. 952930 (BECoop), no. 101026972 (CEES), no. 890437 (PowerPoor), no. 890362 (eCREW), no. 952874 (W4RES), no. 892037 (UP-STAIRS), no. 953040 (COME RES), no. 101022565 (EC2), no. 890345 (NRG2PEERS), and no. 101032239 (Sun4All). The sole responsibility for the content of this publication lies with the authors. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the European Union. Neither CINEA nor the European Commission are responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.

Publication Date: 30 Mar 2023