Over the past few years, the European Union has witnessed remarkable strides in renewable energy deployment. However, when compared to other renewable energy sources, bioenergy has a notably slower development pace in the decentralised energy production set to play a crucial role in the future of the energy transition.
This replication handbook is designed to simplify the process of creating a community-based bioenergy project. Its purpose is to encourage readers to envision a sustainable and equitable local heating system for their community and take practical steps towards its implementation. Starting with an introduction that outlines the utilisation of biomass for energy production, this guide presents the concept of community energy, and describes various tools and resources, the guide offers a step-by-step approach to initiating and establishing bioenergy community heating projects. The steps are as follows:
The handbook serves as a valuable resource for key stakeholders interested in initiating or expanding their involvement in the field of community bioenergy. This encompasses citizens, public authorities, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), farmers, feedstock suppliers, civic organisations, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), existing renewable energy cooperatives (REScoops), and educational institutions.
This guide provides a very first introduction to community energy financing. To make it easy to read and hands-on, it includes 14 practical and recent financing stories of European energy communities.
This guide presents the different ways municipalities can work with their residents to kickstart and support community energy projects. It builds on the most relevant publications on the topic and includes many examples from all over Europe.
Whether you don’t know where to start from or you are stuck with a specific issue in the development of your energy community, an expert can help you.