The Renewable Energy Directive and the Electricity Market Directive both contain articles that specifically recognise the rights of and give rights to community energy projects to produce, store and sell their own energy.
This project provides local environmental and community groups and municipal stakeholders in Hungary and Spain with information on the provisions of the CEP and the potential of community energy, enabling them to start projects locally and reach out to national and local decision-makers. Additionally, the project builds the capacity of national, regional and local decision-makers to implement legislative changes for communities in their country or region, which may include the removal of barriers.
“The people’s windmill”: Public action outside the European Parliament in support of community energy. Source: Friends of the Earth Europe
The project keeps relevant European decision-makers informed about the situation of community energy and the progress made in implementing the CEP, enabling them to better support the project countries in their work to establish enabling environments for community energy. Mentoring and the twinning of community energy projects enhance the exchange of best practice and skills across Europe and support the development of national working groups in Hungary and Spain that are linked to the growing European Community Energy Coalition.