Advancing the Energy Transition: The European Legal Framework for the Implementation of Energy Communities

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Abstract

The report delivers an analysis of the European legislative framework where the relevant EU directives are explained, an overview is provided of how they could be interpreted, the possible implications of these directives on states and on energy communities explored, as well as an identification of some of the obstacles or opportunities faced by Member States and energy communities when these directives are transposed into national law. The report explores the current relevant EU regulatory framework for energy communities in three main steps:
1. It introduces Renewable Energy Communities (RECs) and Citizen Energy Communities (CECs) by examining their purpose and key definitional elements under the existing legal framework, addressing both the elements common to RECs and CECs and their exclusive features.
2. It identifies the legal obligations of MS to foster RECs and CECs as well as challenges faced by MS for the development and implementation of energy communities at national level.
3. It presents and reflects on some of the general challenges and regulatory barriers to the implementation of ECs while also illustrating how the current regulatory framework addresses those challenges and barriers.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherBrussels School of Governance, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Number of pages52
Volume83
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2022

Publication series

NameEnergy Research and Social Science
PublisherElsevier
ISSN (Print)2214-6296

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