Webinar: What does the Clean Energy Package bring to islands?
This webinar featured the experiences from two energy cooperatives who have been active in their respective countries for a long time, and highlight how energy communities can work in practice, on islands and on the mainland.
- Dimitris Kitsikopoulos, ELECTRA cooperative, Greece
- Siward Zomer, Energie Samen, Netherlands
- Dirk Vansintjan, REScoop.eu, Belgium
We were among the speakers of this very interesting webinar organized by the Clean Energy for EU Islands.
Few words about the webinar:
Although the recognition of citizen participation in the energy market in EU legislation through the new Clean Energy Package is still a recent concept, energy communities have been active in a number of EU countries for several decades now. This new legislation offers important opportunities to island communities wishing to transition to clean energy.
Energy cooperatives have a significant role to play in the clean energy transition and in strengthening local economies. Yet, to succeed, citizen and renewable energy communities will need their governments to adopt a supportive legal framework with a set of minimum rules that ensure they can participate across the energy system on a level playing field with larger commercial players.
Event: Arta smart city hackathon & innovation hub
Arta, DEC. 19′
Event: “Discussions on Energy Communities in Greece”
Rafina, DEC. 19′
Event by the Central Union of Municipalities of Greece (KEDE): “Energy Communities: Challenges and best practices”
Lamia, OCT. 19′
“Energy Communities Workshop Onboard Rainbow Warrior”
Piraeus, JUN . 19′
Greenpeace’s vessel “Rainbow Warrior” sailed in the Greek seas from June 12 to 22 in the context of the organisation’s European campaign on the climate crisis and the promotion of clean energy from renewable sources instead of fossil fuels.
The ship stopped at Marina Zeas in Piraeus on June 12 and 13 where several organisations and stakeholders were invited to an “Energy Citizens Workshop”, organised by the Greenpeace Greece, and where Electra Energy took place as speaker presenting our current projects and activities, with the objective of present different models of collaborative energy and to exchange and disseminate new perspectives and opportunities under the Greek framework of Energy Communities.
Participants, mostly business sectors, citizens and authorities had the chance to learn about local initiatives an existing projects in Greece and to discuss what prospects Energy Communities are opening for local energy transition. The speakers and presenters were mostly local initiatives and business experts invited, in particular:
- Dimitris Tsekeris, special advisor for the Minister’s office in the Ministry of Environment
- Nikos Hatziargyriou, HEDNO’s CEO and Chairman, Professor at the NTUA and Founder of SmartRue Department at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering of Athens
- Foivos Palaiogiannis, Researcher at the SmartRue division at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering of Athens
- Stelios Psomas, special advisor of HELLAPCO ” Hellenic Associaton of Protovoltaic Producers”
- Lydia Papadaki, Researcher at Climate-KIC Hub Greece
- Christos Stefanatos, CEO of the Greek startup Parity Platform
- Maya Andreu, CEO of the Greek startup Community Energy River
A follow up event took place in the last stop of Rainbow Warrior on the 22nd of June in Corfu, where other organisations and local citizens groups were joining to discuss about what role of Energy Communities and Renewables can play in order to stop new fossil fuel investments in the Ionian Region.
More details, photos and presentations can be found in this public folder
Workshop: Building Energy Communities / 5th Athens Social Entrepreneurship Forum
Athens, NOV. 18′
Workshop: “Strengthening Energy Communities in Greece”
Athens, NOV. 18′
The workshop was addressed to the members of energy cooperatives and citizens’ initiatives related to energy, as well as representatives of actors interested in the development of energy cooperatives in Greece.
The aim was to provide citizens and organizations with an opportunity to:
- Clarify basic concepts relating to the community energy and to form a better idea of what
an energy cooperative (REScoop) means
- To discuss the different models of energy cooperatives that exist, by examining particular
aspects and elements
- To discuss and network between themselves and with relevant actors from abroad