ENCREMENCO – Enhancing the Capacities of Regions and Municipalities to Participate in Energy Communities
A new law that establishes the framework for creating energy communities in Greece. ENCREMENCO promotes energy communities through regional campaigns that target local stakeholders at all levels and in all sectors.
The ENCREMENCO project provides municipalities and local stakeholders in Greece with the necessary know-how, awareness and capacity to implement the recently adopted legislation on energy communities (L. 4513/2018). This law gives Greek municipalities the right to participate in energy communities by producing, storing, distributing and supplying their own energy using Renewable Energy Sources (RES).
ENCREMENCO promotes local energy communities through regional campaigns. Photo: pixabay.com
ENCREMENCO anticipates running nine regional campaigns across Greece in which Greek and German stakeholders will share know-how and best practice. The campaigns will address different target groups individually (governors and mayors, municipal employees, citizens and civil society).
The overarching project goal is to increase energy efficiency and the use of RES in Greek municipalities by enabling their participation in energy communities. ENCREMENCO will therefore contribute to the fight against energy poverty, the reduction in GHG and the promotion of the social economy and welfare.
The Greek Government recently introduced Law 4513/2018, which allows municipalities to participate in energy communities at a share of up to 40% (50% on the islands). This law is a key policy tool for municipalities to meet their Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) targets, but also to reduce their energy costs, improve the energy efficiency of their infrastructure and fight energy poverty by supplying low-cost energy.
Updated: March 2019
Project duration: 09/18 - 02/21
Funding: 324,587 €
Target groups: Cities, towns and municipalities, Public sector, Regional governments
Implementing organisation: Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving (CRES)
Project Partners: German Cooperative and Raiffeisen Confederation (DGRV)
This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI). EUKI is a project financing instrument by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). The EUKI competition for project ideas is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. It is the overarching goal of the EUKI to foster climate cooperation within the European Union (EU) in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.