Through active participation of citizens and the involvement of multiple stakeholders (including municipalities, local economic players, other cooperatives, etc.), energy cooperatives propose a unique business model when compared to conventional energy companies. This model encourages citizens’ involvement in the decision-making processes and leaves room for multi-stakeholder engagement and dialogue. This distinctive business model encompasses both assets and limitations.
This report on business models assesses and compares existing models of energy cooperatives. Using a transversal and transnational approach, it offers new REScoops (renewable energy source cooperatives) and potential entrepreneurs organisational frameworks to develop citizen-based projects in the renewable energy sector.
The report delves deeply into the following topics:
A step-by-step guide to initiating and establishing bioenergy community heating projects
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.