The aim of the Co2mmunity project is to foster development of community energy (CE) projects based on renewable energy sources by:
What is community energy?
Community energy (CE) projects offer enhanced production of renewable energies (RE) from local sources (wind, solar, biomass, hydropower, geothermal) through active participation of local communities. Together, citizens co-finance, co-develop, and co-operate RE plants, and foster sustainable energy distribution, like local heating networks or biogas filling stations. In Poland energy cooperatives and energy clusters are the form of the community energy projects. Through active communication, transparent decision-making, and local benefit sharing CE projects have high social acceptance. Consequently, fostering CE projects is highly promising for increasing the share of RE in the BSR.
Who benefits from our project?
No comprehensive documents about CE exist in the BSR. Co2mmunity’s objectives are to create this CE knowledge base and to enhance the institutional capacities of municipalities, institutions responsible for regional energy planning, political decision-makers, and energy and citizen’s associations for facilitating CE projects. The results of the Co2mmunity projects are:
What will we do?
Core to our approach are renewable energy cooperative partnerships (RENCOP) that initiate and support CE projects. In each partner region Co2mmunity will initiate and manage a RENCOP. In the project lifetime it will be established at least 8 RENCOPs: in Poland, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Finland.
In Poland RENCOP will integrate citizens, stakeholders, members of energy cluster and energy cooperatives initiatives and projects, as well as experts, in order to identify CE local development potential, tools that will support the development of energy clusters and cooperatives but also barriers and factors slowing their development.
A transnational exchange of RENCOPs will result in a transferable RENCOP model/roadmap, enabling a transnational catch-up process between frontrunners and followers as well as enhancing the capacity of local, regional and BSR-wide actors to foster CE. Beyond this, we will develop a synthesis report on the current CE situation in the BSR, including a best practice compilation. It will showcase success factors of CE projects that are transferable across contexts. We will also develop locally specific CE handbooks and white papers for public stakeholders.