Thanks to the Clean Energy Package, energy communities on EU islands and the mainland are now officially acknowledged as an important actor in Europe's energy transition.
In this context, the European Commission launched the Energy Communities Repository earlier this year to assist local actors (including citizens, local authorities, and businesses) with setting up and advancing clean energy projects driven by energy communities in urban areas across Europe. The initiative contributes to a just transition to climate neutrality that allows citizens to take ownership of energy consumption and production. For rural communities, a second initiative, the Rural Energy Communities Advisory Hub, will be providing tailored technical assistance. The two programmes will be working closely together, and an internal transfer of energy communities is feasible upon agreement depending on expressed needs.
The Repository launched its call for applications for the technical assistance in June this year. In case you haven't seen it yet, make sure to take a look at their offer and application process!