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CO-POWER dissemination event on "Community energy across Europe: potential and successful results" 16th March 2016, Brussels




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Scotland needs more ambition for community energy - Targets 2016 (FoE Scotland)

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Citizen power. Guide for local communities to investments in renewables and energy efficiency (D3.4)




Community energy in Germany: existing models, funding and good practice examples


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Check List - Capacity building for local authorities

Training Module for Local Governments - Social Acceptance of Renewable Energy


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Capacity building posters - case studies

Aberdeen Heat and Power

Bath and West Community Energy (BWCE)

Bristol Energy

Edinburgh Community Solar Co-op (ECSC)

Earth Hour City Challenge

City of Letoměřice , Czech Republic

Community Car Club: Fintry Energy Efficient Transport


Hvide Sande Local investments for local benefits

Miskolc Holding Plc.

Renewable and Efficiency in Diputació de Barcelona (REDIBA)

Rubí Brilla Project

Scottish Government Support for Community Energy – The Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES)

Som Energia Societat Cooperativa Catalana Limitada

Spółdzielnia Nasza Energia: Community Energy Cooperative in Poland

Straw Bale Initiative - Hungary

Towards CO2 neutrality: ProjectZERO

Tatabánya, Hungary

Templederry Community Wind Farm

The Krk Island Energy Cooperative



Recommendations for EU measures and legislation


Response to Consultation on draft guidelines on environmental and energy aid for 2014-2020

Promoting citizen participation in the energy transition: recommendations for an EU legal framework to support community energy


Recommendations for national measures and legislation in seven target member states. Community Power: enabling legislation to increase community ownership for RES projects across Europe


Recommendations for Belgium

Recommendations for Ireland

Recommendations for the Czech Republic (Part I, Part II)

Recommendations for UK (Part I, Part II)

Recommendations for Hungary

Recommendations for Denmark (Part I, Part II)

Recommendations for Spain (English, Español)


Consultancy (subcontractor) report for Hungary, Czech Republic and Belgium










Community power Scotland: from remote island grids to urban solar co-operatives

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Briefing: The role for communities in the 2030 climate and energy debate

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Community Power: Model legal frameworks for citizen-owned renewable energy

Environmental law organisation ClientEarth has today published Community Power: Model legal frameworks for citizen-owned renewable energy, which argues that community power is an essential element in Europe’s low carbon energy transition. Currently, while EU legislation implicitly supports some aspects of community power, it doesn't explicitly recognise or actively support it.

The report includes case studies from Spain, Germany, Denmark and the UK that demonstrate best legal practice, and sets out 11 policy recommendations. It also explains how Member States can use existing EU Directives, and learn from other Member States’ success, to better support community power projects today.

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Expert report on financing mechanisms for community energy projects

This publication summarises the results of expert workshops held in the  framework of the Community Power project. It was commissioned by CEE Bankwatch and FEBEA (European Federation of Ethical and Alternative  Banks), contributing  to the development of viable financing and  investment schemes for Community Power to be introduced particularly in  CEE countries in order to tackle financial barriers that prevent or delay the development of community-owned energy projects in the region. On the basis of their experiences the FEBEA experts draw conclusions for  an optimal mix of financial instruments especially in regard to the  financing opportunities provided by the EU budget 2014-2020.

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Policy recommendations: Mobilisation of public-private financing for community based sustainable energy projects

Within the EU budget 2014 -2020, the next generation of European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI Funds) comprises a minimum of 23bn EUR to catalyse the “shift to a low-carbon economy”. A mixtures of different financing instruments of combined grants and loans provided by the ESI Funds can support local governments, communities, local actions groups and other stakeholders to finance energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in their communities. These policy recommendations propose mechanisms for the mobilisation of public-private financing for community based sustainable energy projects in  Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Latvia and Slovakia.

EU briefing for local stakeholders

Recommendations for community energy projects in the Czech Republic (English, Czech)

Recommendations for community energy projects in Bulgaria (English, Bulgarian)

Recommendations for community energy projects in Hungary (English, Hungarian)

Recommendations for community energy projects in Latvia (English, Latvian)

Recommendations for community energy projects in Slovakia (English, Slovakian)

Recommendations for community energy projects in Poland (English, Polish)

National policy recommendations (English and national languages)

Recommendations for community energy projects in the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Hungary, Latvia, Slovakia and Poland (English)

Guidelines for beneficiaries on financing of community RES projects




Brochure on Community Power: Taking control of energy, for people and planet

We need to drastically cut our emissions if we are to avoid catastrophic climate change. This means burning less fossil fuels. All over Europe communities and citizens are already taking control of their energy future and producing community owned renewable energy. These community energy projects create lots of added benefits for the communities involved, from reduced fuels bills, to stronger community pride and of course knowing they are part of reducing global emissions.  This brochure contains some examples of those benefits, and looks at three projects in particular. We hope that reading it will inspire you to support this movement and be part of it in any way that you can.


Brochure on benefits of community RES projects

The briefing includes case studies of successful and diverse community energy projects in Denmark, Ireland, the Czech Republic and Spain. It goes on to outline the steps needed to ensure that community energy reaches its full potential, including describing for policy-makers the right legislation needed to encourage community participation in our energy future.



'Cultiva tu propia energía' (Grow up your own energy) is a very visual publication from Amigos de la Tierra España (Friends of the Earth Spain) released in 2013. The document is structured in three main chapters. Firstly, it tells about the Spanish Energy System and underscores its inefficiency. Also it introduces concepts such as 'distributed generation'. The second part is a collection of successful case studies around Spain, mainly on 'Community Power', but also on individuals and businesses. Finally, the third chapter encourages the reader to take action by offering a broad range of alternatives, for instance becoming a 'solar disobedient'.

30 pages. Language: Spanish

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Summary report on citizens' engagement



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Common Performance Indicators



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Report on national information and exchange seminars



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Report on European exchange events



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Report on feedback received from regional and local decision-makers and results of 6 workshops


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Reaction to the Energy Union package of the EU Commission of 25.02.2015


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EUSEW 2015 - Key messages



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