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News article13 April 2023Directorate-General for Energy

Guidance published on national legal and policy frameworks for energy communities

Magnifying glass held over the word 'policy' in a book

The Rural Energy Community Advisory Hub (RECAH) has published its fourth guidance document in a series aiming to accelerate the renewable energy transition in rural areas.

The RECAH’s fourth guidance document delivers an overview of the legal and policy framework, and funding and support opportunities for energy communities in each EU Member State. It also covers policy support for individual/collective self-consumption as this is a viable business model often utilised in the absence of direct national support for energy communities.

It is meant as an overview at the Member State level with links to further information from which rural energy communities can begin to understand the legal framework they will operate within, and the support provided by the national government. It is not exhaustive but intends to provide indicative examples of available schemes and instruments that communities can access and the available mapping of energy communities.

Tsvetelina Filipova, Lead Author of the document, commented: “Your energy community is or will be part of a system of social, economic, and political conditions defined by your country and occasionally by your local region. These set the context in which rural energy communities can start, operate, and grow. Rural energy communities are also affected by the legal and policy frameworks that impact their size and business models, how they produce energy and how much they can sell. These frameworks translate into support practices and enabling conditions. Every national framework is different, as is every energy community in terms of how it is set up and operates.”

The full series of guidance documents is now available to download from the RECAH website and includes guidance on:


Publication date
13 April 2023
Directorate-General for Energy

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