Grids Hub Series: 2021 Season 1 Episode 1 - How to engage Energy Communities with the Grid

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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

Quick Facts

  •  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.


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Title: 2021 Season 1 Episode 1 - How to engage Energy Communities with the Grid

Content: Grids Hub Series Episode

Date: 21 January 2021

Overview: Starting with a key presentation on the classification of communities and the impact of energy communities on TSO & DSO by Energyville.

An overview of the different types and their relevance for TSO’s & DSO’s. What types will bring more decentralized storage? What types will avoid or increase congestion? Plus, what is the right economic impulse to increase or decrease their impact?

This was a very special episode looking into how Energy Communities are engaging with the Grid and what this means for utilities. It started by exploring Energy Communities with a presentation on their classification, before asking the panel of experts to look into some key questions around local consumption and who benefits the most and who doesn’t.

The panellists shared their success stories and lessons learnt on the advantages of local consumption vs the disadvantages, such as the reduced flexibility for the utilities.

The Panel: How do we keep Energy Communities engaged with the Grid?

  • The functions of the Energy Communities and the potential negative impact on Flexibility for the DSO
  • Legislation and tariffs as tools to keep energy communities engaged with the Grid.
  • What more do you want to ask this panel of experts? Join the discussion to interact with the panellists directly and get answers to your questions on Energy Communities and how their impact on the grid.