Municipalities are key actors in empowering citizens in the energy transition and supporting the development of energy communities across Europe. They can do this through direct means, like grant funding and direct investment, or indirect means, like public procurement decisions. Notably, public procurement represents approximately 14% of the European Union’s annual GDP, presenting a significant opportunity to create a lasting impact within the municipality’s territory without straining municipal budgets.
Drawing on existing experience and research, this guide presents diverse options for municipalities to adapt their public procurement processes to support the participation of energy communities. Moreover, it provides clarity on the EU legal framework for public procurement, highlights opportunities to create supportive procurement procedures, and analyses examples of municipalities that have adapted their procurement procedures.
The guide intends to inform and assist community energy organisations and municipal allies to develop procurement procedures aligned with the movement’s objectives. It does not intend to be the definitive solution to all procurement issues, but rather a conversation starter with procurement professionals and regulators concerning the best way to implement a successful procedure at local level.
This document is based on the Compile municipal guide.
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