Public financing opportunities for energy communities in Europe
March 13, 2023
This briefing, developed by REScoop.eu, CEE Bankwatch Network and CAN Europe, is a preview of an upcoming, in-depth analysis of the allocation of dedicated funding for community energy through various public financing programmes in 14 countries.
Let the sunshine in: how a coal region in North Macedonia can switch to sustainable heating
December 21, 2022
The government in North Macedonia wants to link the 40 year old REK Bitola power plant to the regional heating system. But cementing the dependence on fossil fuels would be reckless. Instead, a new study finds that fitting houses in Bitola with air conditioning and solar panels could keep people warm, cut air pollution and even shield against increasingly volatile energy prices. Such households forming energy communities, the study shows, could not only lower initial investments but even generate them some income.
Is Estonia doing enough to reach 100 per cent renewable electricity, and can it do even more with the help of REPowerEU?
November 21, 2022
On 12 October, Estonia’s parliament adopted a new renewable electricity target of 100 per cent by 2030. The strategic use of EU cohesion and recovery funds in Estonia will help reach that goal, and the additional EUR 83.4 million from REPowerEU has the potential to do even more.
Will EU cohesion money support energy communities in central and eastern Europe?
September 5, 2022
Without proper funding and the removal of administrative and legal barriers, community energy will remain an unattainable goal.
Energy communities: A brief explainer for managing authorities in central and eastern Europe
May 4, 2022
This briefing from Bankwatch and REScoop.eu explains the concept of energy communities and their wide range of benefits. It gives an insight into how their development can be supported at the national and local levels and why Member States should make use of the variety of EU funding streams to support energy communities. It also highlights EU legal definitions and suggests concrete recommendations on how to support them and overcome existing challenges.
Pole als neuer Direktor der Energiegemeinschaft sorgt für Kritik
November 26, 2021
Dem Slowenen Janez Kopač folgt der Pole Artur Lorkowski als Direktor der Energiegemeinschaft für den Westbalkan nach. Manche sehen darin …
Energetska zajednica: očuvanje okoliša i biološke raznolikosti pretvorilo se u „mrtvo slovo na papiru“
April 21, 2021
Hrvatska, Albanija, Bugarska, Bosna i Hercegovina, Sjeverna Makedonija, Crna Gora, Rumunjska i Srbija potpisnice su ugovora o osnivanju …
NGOs expect Energy Community infringement procedure on Montenegrin coal plant
April 19, 2021
Montenegro has recently confirmed that its highly polluting Pljevlja coal plant has exceeded its allowed operating hours under the Energy Community Treaty, yet no moves have been made to close the plant. This threatens to create a worrying precedent if not tackled.
La conservación de la biodiversidad debe ser una prioridad de la Comunidad de la Energía
April 4, 2021
Foto-ilustración: PixabaynEl Tratado de la Comunidad de la Energía debe cumplir con las directivas pertinentes de la UE para reducir el …
Conservation of biodiversity must be a priority of the Energy Community
April 4, 2021
Photo-illustration: PixabaynnThe Energy Community Treaty must comply with the relevant EU directives in order to reduce the impact of …