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"Business Models" cluster of the "Fast Track on Energy Communities in Europe" workshop​ at SP2021

Energy communities are initiatives whose primary objectives are non-commercial, which operate on a geographically bounded scale and have some sort of democratic control by participants. Even if this definition has not yet reached an overall agreement, peer-to-peer (P2P) energy trade refers to either 1) the exchange of energy directly between members of a local energy community (whether households or small enterprises), or 2) the organization of an internal market by such an energy community, in which the latter acts as an energy provider. However, there is still a need for clear guidance, education, and support with respect to the methodologies and current practices for the set-up and take-off of successful energy communities, both on a local and at the EU level. Current practices and instruments to co-create, strengthen, make attractive and multiply energy communities, applied across Europe, clearly face several challenges. Moreover, one of the main obstacles that remains is users’ understanding and acceptance of collective actions in energy communities and benefits of smart grids. This is accompanied by the lack of user-friendliness, reliability – and therefore lack of credibility – cost-effectiveness, incentives schemes and regulatory and educational campaigns at the MS level. Also, calculation methods overlooking consideration of behavioural aspects, and demand response mechanisms and services, typically do not enable realistic prediction of performances and adoption of innovative technologies, thus hindering their market uptake.

To meet these challenges, aim of the workshop was to bring to the table and debate several experiences, developed methodologies, angles of observation, and lessons learned from a set of recent H2020, and Lighthouse projects. Outcomes of this workshop aim to contribute to the next generation of energy communities to:

Become more a) reliable; b) user-friendly and attractive; c) cost-effective for the customers

Become more a) self-sufficient and b) interactive for the grid, resolving issues such as access the grid and grid reluctance for the customers on the network

Be compliant with EU and MS legislations in order to instil trust in the market and incite investments in energy efficient buildings

Offer support in decision making, especially on adoption of RES, better purchases and guiding building users towards more sustainable behaviour patterns Increasingly reflect the smart dimension of the community

The interactive discussion focused on the different technical, financial, and social barriers and challenges as well as identifying possible project synergies while highlighting policy-making guidelines.

Specifically, this video is the "Business Models" cluster session (Chaired by Sylvia Breukers, Duneworks) - 15:3017:30, 28th Sept., virtual. It comprised presentations from the following EU projects: DECIDE DRIMPAC DELTA WHY NEWCOMERS SocialRES BECoop COMPILE

Publication Date: 19 Oct 2021

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