The Covenant of Mayors – Europe is organising a hybrid policy session during the European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) on 29 September at 11:30 – 13:00 on Local solutions to the energy crisis: empowering citizens through renewable energy communities.
To accelerate the clean energy transition and increase Europe’s energy independence in the context of the REPowerEU plan, Renewable Energy Communities will become an indispensable tool to increase energy security, decentralise the governance of energy production, lower energy bills, boost local investments and promote active local participation of the civil society.
The session will highlight concrete ways in which Renewable Energy Communities are supporting municipalities and rural areas at the local level to deliver a fair and just transition. It will also provide a practical catalogue of approaches that local governments of all sizes are already implementing on the ground.
Moderated by DG ENER, this interactive session will feature the Community Energy Repository, the Rural Energy Advisory Hub, and will bring best practices from two of the Covenant of Mayors – Europe signatories.
The session will highlight the benefits of renewable energy communities (improved energy security, lower energy bills, active local participation, capacity to influence the cost and the quality of services, and boost local investments) through local examples from signatories of the Covenant of Mayors, the Community Energy Repository and the Rural Energy Communities. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss renewable energy communities in the context of the REPowerEU plan, share their challenges to setting up and managing a renewable energy community, and brainstorm possible solutions.Agenda
About the European Sustainable Energy Week
Organised by the European Commission and CINEA, the European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) is the most important event in Europe dedicated to renewables and efficient energy use in Europe. Its high-level Policy Conference, conceived in a hybrid form (both onsite and online), will gather energy stakeholders to discuss burning energy issues, debate on newest policy developments and brainstorm new ideas and solutions to deploy renewables. The EUSEW will take place in Brussels from 26-29 September.