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The Belgian Stakeholder Desk

In Belgium, the country desk focuses on Flanders. It brings together relevant policy makers, market actors and stakeholders with a thematic focus on community energy in the field of integrated solutions like community micro-grids or virtual power plants. The province of Limburg and West-Flanders serve as target regions and the provinces of Antwerp, Flemish-Brabant and East-Flanders as model regions.

In Flanders, a regional decree is currently being drafted which will transpose the Electricity Market Directive (IEMD) and Recast of the Renewable Energy Directive (REDII), including the provisions for energy communities. Nevertheless, forms of RECs already exist in Flanders. Energy cooperatives have united themselves under the umbrella organisation ‘REScoop Vlaanderen’. According to the REScoop website, 17 energy cooperatives are active in Flanders, and an estimated 70.000 Flemish citizens own shares. Most of these cooperatives are volunteer-based and focus on renewable energy production, mainly through rooftop PV and on shore wind. In addition, new renewable energy communities are being set-up in the context of Research and Innovation programmes and pilot projects such as RE/SOURCED,  Antwerp Circular South, cVPP and Rolecs.

The country desk organises regular and solution-oriented stakeholder dialogues and actively engages experts and stakeholders from the model and target regions. The involved stakeholders accompany the operational work and tasks of COME RES, provide advice, and support the dissemination of the project results and solutions within their respective interest groups. The desk comprises policy labs dedicated to the transposition and implementation of RED II.

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Resources

Policy Brief

Policy Brief 2: Things are moving, let’s speed up!

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Despite the transposition of the legislation pertaining to Renewable...

Publication Date: 20 Dec 2021

Author: Arthur Hinsch, Carsten Rothballer (ICLEI) - based on work by the COME RES partners

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Country Report

Presentation from the second Dutch/Flemish country desk and policy lab meeting

The presentation from the second Dutch/Flemish country desk and policy lab meeting, which took place on 30/11/2021.

The full report of the...

Publication Date: 30 Nov 2021

Author: Erika Meynaerts, Kelsey van Maris (VITO/Energyville), Erik Laes (TU/e), Dirk Vansintjan, Sara Tachelet (RESCOOP.eu)

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Country Report

Report on second Dutch/Flemish country desk and policy lab

The second meeting of the Dutch/Flemish country desk took place on 30 November 2021. Dirk Vansintjan of REScoop.eu presented the current status...

Publication Date: 30 Nov 2021

Author: Erika Meynaerts, Kelsey van Maris (VITO/Energyville), Erik Laes (TU/e), Dirk Vansintjan, Sara Tachelet (RESCOOP.eu)

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Factsheet

Factsheet 1: The Potential of Community Projects in the Renewable Energy Sector

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This factsheet provides a concise overview of...

Publication Date: 26 Oct 2021

Author: Arthur Hinsch & Lucy Russell (ICLEI), Erik Laes & Kellan Anfinson (TU/e) - with contributions from all project partners

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Publication

The conditions for community energy to promote the energy transition

Renewable energy communities (RECs) can drive the uptake of renewables and social acceptance of the low-carbon energy transition in Europe. But...

Publication Date: 19 Nov 2021

Author: Karina Standal & Stine Aakre (CICERO) and Erik Laes (TU/e & VITO)

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Country Report

Het potentieel voor hernieuwbare energiegemeenschappen in de provincies Limburg en West-Vlaanderen

Samenvatting: Het potentieel voor hernieuwbare energiegemeenschappen in de provincies Limburg en West-Vlaanderen.

Publication Date: 19 Oct 2021

Author: Erika Meynaerts

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Policy Brief

Policy Brief 1: Renewable Energy Communities - Are we nearly there?

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Community energy has come a long way in Europe and is...

Publication Date: 30 Apr 2021

Author: Arthur Hinsch, Carsten Rothballer, Julia Kittel (ICLEI) - based on work by the COME RES partners

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Country Report

Verslag van de eerste Belgisch/Nederlandse Thematische Workshop en Policy Lab

Publication Date: 25 May 2021

Author: Erika Meynaerts (VITO/Energyville), Erik Laes (TU/e), Sara Tachelet (RESCOOP.eu)

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Country Report

Report on first thematic workshop and policy lab of the Belgian/Dutch Country Desk

Note: Original Dutch version is available above.

The first thematic workshop and policy lab took place on 25 May 2021. During this thematic...

Publication Date: 25 May 2021

Author: Erika Meynaerts (VITO/Energyville), Erik Laes (TU/e), Sara Tachelet (RESCOOP.eu)

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Country Report

Presentations first Belgian/Dutch Thematic Workshop and Policy Lab

Publication Date: 25 May 2021

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Country Report

Verslag van de Belgisch/Nederlandse country desk meeting

Report on the joint Kick Off Meeting of the Belgian and Dutch Stakeholder Desks, held on 19. January 2021. The Report is available in Dutch only.

Publication Date: 05 Feb 2021

Author: Erika Meynaerts, Sarah Delvaux, Erik Laes, Gunter Bombaerts, Dirk Vansintjan, Sara Tachelet

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