Building Energy Communities

Energy in the hands of citizens
cover page Bulidng Energy Communities
Heinrich Boell Foundation Thessaloniki Office
For free
Place of publication
Thessaloniki
Date of Publication
September 2019
Number of Pages
116
Licence
Language of publication
Greek
ISBN / DOI
978-618-81299-9-3

Τhe  publishing  of  the  “Building  Energy Communities in Greece” guidebook coincides with a time when the community energy movement in Greece appears to be on the rise, especially after the adoption of Law 4513, in January 2018. The new legal frame work aspires to combine Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) and the energy sector and introduces a new type of civil cooperative of exclusive  purpose,  the  Energy  Community(EC).  ECs  constitute  an  important  tool  for achieving fair energy transition in the country, since renewable energy and energy savings offer, as well as, require a geographic dispersion of investments and the involvement of the many, in order for the proper exploitation of the former.ECs  are  confronted  with  multiple  challenges. On the one hand, as civil cooperatives of  multiple  stakeholders  falling  under  the Social  and  Solidarity  Economy,  they  are  expected  to  overcome  a  series  of  difficulties, including the complexity of the SSE institutional  framework,  the  lack  of  adequate know-how and information regarding social security,  accounting  and  tax-related  issues both  among  market  institutions  as  well  as government  agencies,  including  a  negative legacy  of  the  cooperative  movement  in Greece. On the other hand, ECs are also expected to render themselves active and sustainable in a highly competitive environment, i.e. the energy market, which currently is under transformation  anyway.  However,  both at a European and national policy level, the basic  framework  has  been  laid  out  and  the role of citizens in the future of energy is undoubtedly  quintessential.  Therefore,  as  cooperatives,  energy  communities  are  burdened as by their cooperative principles, to train and build the capacity of their members in order for them to be able to assume multiple roles such as producer-consumer, supplier, co-owner.

This guide clarify the framework in which ECs operate, their role in a fair energy transition  while  providing  both  theoretical and practical information for their development.

The publication is available free of charge, after a request at info@gr.boell.org

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