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#61 - April 2022
Energy Transition to Energy Democracy

20-22 April 2022 Energy communities empowering our future
20 April 2022 Launch of the Energy Communities Repository
23 April 2022's General Assembly 2022
28-29 April 2022 Energy Academy Portugal Edition
5-7 May 2022 Good Energy Festival
This is the newsletter of the European federation of citizen energy cooperatives ( We are a growing network of 1.900 European energy cooperatives and their 1.2500.000 citizens who are active in the energy transition.
Energy communities empowering our future
Last days to register for's annual conference 2022
Energy cooperatives from all over Europe will meet online from the 20th to the 22nd of April for’s annual conference 2022 - Energy communities empowering our future. Join us to discuss community energy issues, learn from each other, explore collaborations, and enjoy some time together! Registrations are open until the 18th of April.

Register now →
Gas energy communities: little added value, big risks
Read our op-ed on the new gas package legislation

The European Commission introduced in December 2021 the concept of gas citizen energy communities in a legislation package aimed at decarbonising gas. This mirroring of the concept of citizen energy communities (CECs), originally from the Electricity Market Directive, in the Gas Directive has not been welcomed by and other like-minded NGOs. We consider this proposal a complex, unnecessary idea that could backfire. A third energy community definition is not needed because the Renewable Energy Directive already supports the promotion of biomethane as an activity for renewable energy communities and the new concept could be perverted by market incumbents. And most importantly, it adds legal complexity to a transposition process that already has been slow and arduous.

Read our op-ed published on Euractiv →

A heating system shared with the community
March success story

Community energy is key to action on the climate crisis. It can empower people, boost local economies, and reinvigorate communities. Community-led initiatives play an important part in the transition towards a 100% renewable and just energy future. Success stories of community energy projects can be found all over Europe. At we want to highlight these stories, in order to further accelerate the movement towards a cleaner and democratic system.

In March we explored how citizen energy cooperatives around Europe are setting up district heating networks in their communities, an affordable and sustainable way of heating buildings, through the example of Warmte Verzilverd in Belgium.

Read our last success story →
Have a community energy success story to share? Let us know →

A big welcome to six new members!
The family keeps on growing

Last month we welcomed six new members from five different countries to our network.

  • Energía Bonita, an energy cooperative from La Palma, Spain.
  • Collective Energy Cooperative, an energy cooperative from Athens, Greece.
  • WEnCoop, an energy cooperative created by the Greek Association of Women Entrepreneurs.
  • Netzwerk Energiewende Jetzt e.V., a German association that coaches energy cooperatives.
  •, a Hungarian service provider that supports energy communities.
  • Arteria Technologies, an Austrian company that develops software for energy communities.

Find out more about our new members  →

Conclusions of the BRIDGE working group on Consumer and Citizen Engagement
There are gaps in consumer engagement, but the situation is evolving

BRIDGE is a European platform that brings together all European funded projects on smart grids. - for the COMPILE project - has been leading the BRIDGE working group on Consumer and Citizen Engagement since 2020. The group focused on the collaboration, understanding and management of consumer collective action as a tool to advance research and innovation at European level.

Over the past two years, although the group has identified several gaps in the concept of engagement in relation to private consumers, it has also seen a significant evolution in the way projects engage and empower consumers to take up an active role in those energy projects.

Find out more about the BRIDGE conclusions →

Launch of the Energy Communities Repository
A European Commission's initiative that will support energy communities

The European Commission is launching the Energy Communities Repository, an initiative that will support energy communities through technical assistance and training; provide policy analysis and insights for policy-makers, regulators and financial institutions; and more. All interested stakeholders from the energy sector – energy communities and beyond – are welcome to its official launch on Wednesday 20 April in Brussels.

Register here →

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