If the EU is going to achieve its ambitious climate objectives, then we will need to massively increase our use of renewable forms of energy. One of the ways in which this can be achieved is by the establishment and proper management of renewable energy communities.
However, energy communities remain a relatively small part of the energy mix in the EU. Many potential communities complain of burdensome legislation and bureaucracy, as well as a lack of knowledge or experience on the part of ordinary households on their potential to take control of their own renewable energy future.
This half-day conference will bring together leading experts on energy communities from across the EU to discuss the next steps in upscaling and mainstreaming energy communities.
Co-organised by Housing Europe and the International Union of Property Owners (UIPI) as part of the EU project NRG2Peers, the event offers a unique networking opportunity for those involved and interested in energy communities. Thus, after two years of disruption, this in-person event is not to be missed.
09:00-09:15 | Event opening
- Simona d’Oca, NRG2peers Project Coordinator (Huygen Installatie Adviseurs)
09:15-09:25 | The need for renewable energy to play a greater role in EU countries
- Speaker to be finalised
Session 1: The role of the EU in promoting energy communities
Moderated by: Emil Martini (UIPI)
09:25-09:45 | The Renewable Energy Directive – the framework for energy sharing
- Achille Hannoset, DG ENER
09:45-10:05 | Gaps in existing EU energy community policies, and how they can be filled
- Josh Roberts, REScoop.eu
10:05-10:20 | Supporting and guiding energy communities
- Myriam Castanié, European Commission Energy Communities Repository
10:20-10:45 | Panel discussion and Q&A
10:45-11:15 | COFFEE BREAK & NETWORKING
Session 2: Barriers and opportunities – the view from the member states
Moderated by: Dara Turnbull (Housing Europe)
11:15-11:30 | Sharing electricity with your neighbours – the Dutch experience
- Job Swens, Spectral
11:30-11:45 | Where the sun always shines – the realised potential of solar energy communities in Valencia
- Juan Sacri, Sapiens Energía
11:45-12:00 | Providing affordable renewable energy for social housing tenants – the ASTER project in Flanders
- Sven Van Elst, ASTER cv
12:00-12:20 | Questions and answers
12:20-12:30 | The impact that the NRG2peers project will have on promoting peer-to-peer trading of electricity in the EU & closing remarks
- Simona d’Oca, Huygen Installatie Adviseurs
12:30 | WRAP-UP OF THE SESSION
The NRG2Peers project has received funding from the European Union’s H2020 framework programme for research and innovation under grant agreement no 890345.