On 12-14 June 2019, the CoR co-organised the SET-Plan Conference that took place in Bucharest, focusing on how to make the energy transition happen locally. In a session on renewable energy at the scale of citizens and consumers, Mr Tzitzikostas (CoR member) shared his experience regarding energy communities and the role of LRAs within the Greek legal framework, one of the front-runners in the EU regarding energy communities.
The opinion recommended to ensure ready access to technical information and guidance about setting up, financing and operating community projects for local energy communities and insisted on the role LRAs can play to create awareness among their citizens about the opportunities of becoming involved in the local energy sector, notably by distributing relevant information.
Along the same lines, the Communication from the European Commission issued in June and assessing the 28 draft NECPs (COM(2019) 285 final) stressed that "Information on measures to promote self-consumption and renewable energy communities (…) are key to boost citizens’ buy-in of the energy transition, attract private investment and facilitate cost-effective achievement of targets" and insisted on the importance to simplify administrative procedures, e.g. by facilitating the introduction of contact points or by having swift procedures in place for repowering.
Moreover, in the Green Deal Communication, the European Commission announced that the Climate Pact will continue to work to empower regional and local communities, including energy communities.