This report provides ideas on how to start and structure an energy community (i.e.: a group of citizens who want to develop activities in favour of a decentralised and democratic energy transition). It focuses on the tools and techniques to structure the core group of an energy community project and raise support in the local community.
The report includes an introduction to the community energy model and its legal background, advice on how to organise the core group of people, a description of the institutional construction of an energy community, suggestions on how to develop your project, tips to raise enthusiasm in the neighbourhood and key governance guidelines to build a democratic and stable organisation.
The target audience is project leaders and citizens looking to build an energy community. Thus, it takes the standpoint of a community leader or organiser and assumes that the reader is at the very start of the project. The aim of the document is to direct readers to a path rather than to provide a single answer to the question of how to start an energy community.
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A tool to support energy communities in developing a community-based Virtual Power Plant (cVPP). It clarifies what is feasible and what the first steps are.
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.