The session will highlight how local renewable energy ownership can contribute to the EU’s access to affordable energy, and identify existing means and gaps for digital tools that can help energy communities deliver system and community benefits. The session will also address the question of how young people can engage in energy communities. Today’s youth will be faced with unprecedented challenges, but they also bring new perspectives and ways of working to the table. Energy communities can be a forum for engaging in the energy transition early on. Our speakers will be practitioners and experts, able to translate complex policy issues into the everyday language of the audience.
The main target audiences of this session will be private companies, energy communities, public authorities at EU, national and local level, as well as citizens, including youth.
The session will start with an introduction to the policy context by Directorate-General for Energy and a general outline of what energy communities can contribute to the EU's priorities and objectives, in particular how to leverage community energy as a response to the high energy prices. It will thereafter feature two inspirational speakers. One to present concrete examples of energy communities implementing or expressing a need for digital tools. The second to illustrate the social innovation potential of energy communities.