A social engagement Fast Track on Energy Communities-Key Lesson Learned from H2020 EU Projects

Simona d’Oca, Sylvia Breukers, Stephan Slingerland, Marten Boekelo, Mara J. van Welie, Christian Moscardi, Aggeliki Aggeli, Katrin Burgstaller, Thierry Coosemans, Rebecca Hueting, William Throndsen

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Energy communities organise collective and citizen-driven energy actions that will help pave the way for a clean energy transition, while moving citizens to the forefront. The energy market is rapidly transforming and so is the role of the consumer. Yesterday’s passive consumers become central actors in today’s energy markets. Today, as prosumers, citizens can benefit from their generation, consumption, and storage capabilities. Moreover, by supporting social engagement and citizen participation, energy communities can help provide flexibility to the electricity system through demand response, storage, and peer-to-peer energy exchange. Based on the collective debate from nine H2020 running projects (Renaissance, COMETS, Sender, eCREW, Lightness, ReDream, HESTIA, UP-STAIRS and NRG2peers), several challenges and key lessons learned can be identified for just social engagement. These challenges and lessons are relevant for the present and future development of EU energy communities.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEnvironmental Sciences Proceedings
Issue number17
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 29 Nov 2021
EventSustainable Places conference - Palazzo dei Congressi, Rome, Italy
Duration: 28 Sept 20211 Oct 2021


ConferenceSustainable Places conference
LocationPalazzo dei Congressi
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This paper belongs to the proceedings of the 9th Annual Edition of Sustainable Places (SP 2021))


  • Energy communities
  • Social engagement
  • Citizen empowerment
  • P2P energy trading


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