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- Nicolò Rossetto, Research Associate at the Florence School of Regulation
- Annelies Delnooz, Senior Researcher and Project Manager, VITO/Energyville
- David Zenner, Head of Customer Relations, Elia & the IO.Energy initiative
- Marion Malafosse, Policy Officer Retail Market Unit, DG ENERGY
- Peter Hermans, former CTO at Stedin & member of the advisory board of the FED programme in Denmark, EnergyVille (Belgium) and SmartEn
- Energy communities contribute to foster consumer empowerment and to advance the clean energy transition by ensuring public acceptance, mobilisation of private capital and by providing flexibility.
- First and foremost, energy communities are a social concept, bringing tangible socio-economic benefits to the community, its members and beyond.
- When it comes to providing flexibility, the right regulatory framework needs to be in place. The Clean Energy Package constitutes an important step in attempting to bring more flexibility to the electricity markets and to improve the integration of demand response across the EU.
- Provisions of the electricity market design on demand-response, the roll-out of smart meters; new role of aggregators; dynamic pricing, clear price signals and rules on net metering will enable energy communities as new models of participation to take off!
- DSOs also have to play a key role in enabling and facilitating the operation of Citizen Energy Communities and to facilitate electricity transfers within the communities.
- Finally, Energy Communities play a key role in reaching the objectives of the Green Deal. In particular, they can support both the Energy System Integration by empowering consumers to become active and contribute to the overall balance and flexibility of the system and by linking different energy carriers and energy users, as well as the Renovation Wave by up-scaling energy-efficiency and saving initiatives.