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The Hungarian coalition on community energy

The aim of the Hungarian coalition is 1. To increase public pressure via joint advocacy outreach towards a more favourable legislative and financial environment for community energy in Hungary 2. To ensure the mobilization of 10,000 people for new community energy projects and co-operatives in Hungary by 2016 spring.

Our coalition partners regularly contributed to NSC’s lobbywork to improve the financial and legal environment of community energy projects in Hungary.


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Greendependent Association & Institute

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Hungarian Climate Alliance Association

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LARINEA Independent Regional
Energy Agency Nonprofit Ltd.

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MAPASZ – Passive House Association



Other groups and experts who contributed so far to the coalition work:


Derekegyhaz municipality

Straw Bale group (EKA)

ELTE – 100% RES working group

Bence Kovacs, FÖK – MAK Kecskemet

Norbert Kohlheb - Szent István University Environment and Landscape  Management Institute, agrofuels and renewables expert

Zsolt Kükedi, local economy expert



CO-POWER project
Rita Mergner, WIP Renewable Energies,Germany

Local authorities in the energy transition: supporting community-led initiatives
Giorgia Rambelli, ICLEI Europe, Germany

EU policy developments in the field of renewable energies
Dirk Hendricks, EREF, Belgium

Community energy in Scotland
Anne Schiffer, Friends of the Earth Scotland, UK

Enabling community energy in Europe: the role of cooperatives
Dirk Vansintjan, Ecopower, Belgium

Community Heating - Joint Actions for Green Comfort
Ingo Wagner, Euroheat&Power, Belgium

EWS Schönau in Germany
Tanja Gaudian, EWS Schönau, Germany

Somenergia coop in Spain
Gijsbert Huijink, Somenergia, Spain

Legislation on community RES projects in Europe: different models in Europe
Josh Roberts, ClientEarth, UK

EU funds in support of community power in Poland:How Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 can support local energy initiatives
Julia Krzyszkowska, Bankwatch, Poland

Crowdfunding for financing community RES projects - The CrowdFundRES project
Thomas Maidonis, WIP Renewable Energies, Germany

European-wide crowdfunding for RES: tapping into the potential of the citizen investor
Sarah Mekjian, Climate Alliance, Belgium

Coalition for revival of renewable energy support in the Czech Republic

Czech NGOs Hnutí DUHA, Frank Bold and Calla together with Chamber RES (head organization of renewable energy associations) and its members (CAFT – photovoltaic guild, ČSVE – Czech Wind Energy Association, CZ Biom – Czech Biomass Association) coordinate their lobbying and media activities with aim to establish efficient support scheme for new renewable energy sources in the Czech Republic.

After unsuccessful effort to change governmental proposal of law which stopped support for new renewable energy sources in 2013, coalition achieved partial success in 2014. Another proposal from Ministry of Industry and Trade which included factual obstacle for connection of decentralized sources into the distribution grid was changed during legislation process.

Informal coalition will integrate other allies like mayors or housing associations representatives with the aim to push particular change of legislation implemented special support scheme for renewable energy sources owned by municipalities and communities of flat owners.


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Community Energy Ireland

In 2014 a group of practitioners, consultants, researchers, community workers and NGOs in Ireland who are actively working on community energy, energy efficiency, renewable energy policy and community engagement came together to develop a vision for community energy in Ireland. The group collaborated to produce a policy position paper on Community Energy and engaged in the development of a new energy policy for Ireland. Community energy in Ireland is an emerging area and requires continued collaboration on policy development, networking, lesson sharing and knowledge transfer if an enabling environment for community ownership is to emerge.

The members of this group are: ACE Co-op, Atlantic Coast Energy Co-operative Limited, Carlow Kilkenny Energy Agency, Comharchumann Fuinneamh Oileáin Arainn (Aran Islands Energy Co-Op), Cork Environmental Forum, Ecologics - Solar Makes Sense, Energy Co-operatives Ireland, Energy Wise Consultants, Feasta, The Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability, Friends of the Earth, Good Energy Alliance of Ireland, LEAF, Collaborating for a Sustainable Future in Laois, MEGA, Micro Electricity Generation Association, MozArt Ltd Architecture Landscape Urban Design, Peoples Energy Charter, Syspro Systems for Progress Ltd, Tipperary Energy Agency, Transition Ireland, Transition Northern Ireland, Waterford Energy Bureau, West Clare Renewable Energy, XD Consulting.

If your organisation is interested in joining this group, please contact:
Friends of the Earth, Ireland
Kate Ruddock/Ciara Kirrane
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Phone: +353 1 6394652
Website: www.foe.ie

Scottish Community Energy Coalition SCEC

The Scottish Community Energy Coalition is part of a wider UK coalition that was set up by Forum for the Future in 2012. Much of the energy legislation is currently reserved, which means decisions regarding this are made in Westminster rather than in Holyrood. Therefore, it makes sense for us to be part of a wider coalition that can influence the UK government whilst working in a Scottish group that can focus on devolved powers such as planning law. Our Vision for 2020 has been adapted from the UK Community Energy Coalition.

Read SCEC Manifesto

Join community power in Scotland

If your organisation is interested in joining the Scottish Community Energy Coalition, please contact:

Friends of the Earth, Scotland
Anne Schiffer
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Phone: +44 131 243 2700
Website: www.foe-scotland.org.uk


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Community Energy Scotland


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