HOW CITIES CAN BACK RENEWABLE ENERGY COMMUNITIES?
Energy communities are one of the key elements for achieving the EU’s energy transition. By 2050, half of Europe’s citizens could be producing up to half of the EU’s renewable energy. The contribution and the role of local and regional authorities in changing the power dynamics of the energy market is crucial: influencing who plans, owns, controls and benefits from the new energy infrastructure and technologies. Over the last few decades, local governments have shown that they can have a transformative effect in enabling new business models, changing the way the energy system is governed by encouraging a more direct participation of local communities.
Local and regional authorities can support community energy dynamics in various ways: involving an entire district in changing the energy supply mode and consumption patterns, teaming up with individuals and cooperatives in identifying, financing or operating a series of green projects or engaging citizens in the local planning of energy infrastructure and policies.
In this session, we will be hearing from 2 city examples from Belgium and Croatia: the city of Eeklo and the city of Krizevci.