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#59 - February 2022
Energy Transition to Energy Democracy

8 February 2022 Briefing launch: auctions for energy communities
15 February 2022 On the road to a successful Energy Community
17 February 2022 Opening of the Renewable Energy Made Easy MOOC
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.
Our annual general meeting 2022 moves online
Join us on 20-23 April from home!
Given the current COVID19 situation in Europe, which is far from what we expected when we started planning our annual general meeting together with Energy Cities in Heerlen (Netherlands), we are compelled to make it an online event.

From the 20th to the 22nd of April, will host an online conference open to everyone. The conference called "Energy communities empowering our future" will have a programme full of interactive sessions and networking opportunities.
Our General Assembly (members only) will take place on the morning of the 23rd of April. These events will be organised exclusively by Our face-to-face forum with Energy Cities will take place another time.

Stay tuned for more news and see you on the 20th of April for the opening of our conference!
Fossil gas and nuclear energy cannot be considered green investments
European Community Power Coalition's statement on the EU Taxonomy

In January, the European Community Power Coalition, of which we are a member, published a statement urging the EU institutions to remove fossil gas and nuclear energy from the EU Taxonomy because they cannot be considered green investments.

Unfortunately, on Wednesday, the Commission released the final version of the Taxonomy and gas and nuclear are still in it. Nevertheless, we will continue to work with partner organisations to ensure that the EU institutions are committed to a sustainable future for all.

Read the Community Power Coalition's statement →

Scotland successfully puts citizens at the heart of offshore wind power
Great news for the community energy movement

Last month we celebrated a major success for the community energy movement in the UK: a Falck Renewables partnership involving member Energy4All secured three sites in a bidding process for the development of large-scale floating wind farms in Scotland. These projects will allow Scottish communities to share in the benefits of the energy produced.

Energy4All's success can be used as a reference for other energy communities seeking to develop offshore wind projects. As we wrote some months ago, energy communities can and should have a stake in offshore wind.

Find out more about Energy4All's bid →

Involving energy poor households in the energy transition
January 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 January, we raised attention to energy poverty and put inspiring community-led solidarity initiatives, such as Énergie Solidaire and the Affordable Warmth programme of ALIenergy, in the spotlight.

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

A big welcome to our new member!
Energies citoyennes en Pays de Vilaine joined the family

Last month we welcomed Energies citoyennes en Pays de Vilaine (EPV) to our network. EPV is a French association created in 2003 that aims to involve as many citizens as possible in the energy transition. They do it by supporting the development of wind and solar projects, mobilising citizens, creating links between different actors of the region Pays de Vilaine, and organising education and information actions on energy saving. 

Find out more about Energies citoyennes en Pays de Vilaine  →

New online platform featuring fossil-free technologies and strategies for agriculture
A practical tool launched by the AgroFossilFree project

The AgroFossilFree project has launched an online platform featuring 600 fossil-free technologies and strategies that can help decarbonise agriculture activities. The collected solutions are classified into five categories (commercial products, financing mechanisms, research projects, scientific papers and training materials) and users can easily access and assess them. In the future, it will also include a decision support tool that will help farmers choose the most effective technology for their needs. 

Browse the AgroFossilFree platform →

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