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CO-POWER pushes for community energy to be enshrined in EU law

Senior officials from the European Union (EU) and Member States are negotiating a framework for climate and energy legislation reform that will set the basis until 2030. In the past, the approach advocated by projects such as ClientEarth and CO-POWER has been largely missing from the debate: community energy.

Community energy – where citizens own or participate in the production and use of sustainable energy – is already proving its potential across Europe; as of 2013 in Denmark, which is on track to meet its target of 50 percent electricity production from wind by 2020, 70 – 80 percent of wind turbines in the country were under community ownership. Renewable energy sources also accounted for 33 percent of Denmark’s heating and cooling, which has historically been managed either by municipalities or consumer-owned heating co-operatives.

While EU legislation implicitly backs some aspects of community energy, it doesn't explicitly recognise or support it. ClientEarth’s latest report Community Power: Model legal frameworks for citizen-owned renewable energy argues it is time for the EU to acknowledge the growing role of citizens in developing a more sustainable energy system. The CO-POWER project, in line with ClientEarth’s position, has developed recommendations for measures and legislation at EU level and in seven target member states (Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Hungary, Ireland, Spain, and the United Kingdom).

Source: http://www.iclei-europe.org/

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