On the 21 July 2022 the Rural Energy Community Advisory Hub (RECAH) published its Value Propositions for Stakeholder Engagement.
The document sets out why energy communities are key to advancing the European Green Deal. It provides the definition of a rural energy community (REC) and advises what the purpose of the RECAH initiative is and why/how stakeholders can participate.
Crises like the COVID-19 pandemic and the Russian invasion of Ukraine are highlighted as further underlining the necessity to assure energy accessibility, resilience, and security, especially at the local level.
The RECAH team hopes this document gets shared with any stakeholder that may be interested in actively engaging with the initiative. Potential stakeholders could include academics/experts, local & regional authorities, farmers, policymakers, SMEs, citizens, NGOs as well as existing or prospective energy communities.
‘At the heart of the European Green Deal, the Clean Energy Package and the RECAH initiative is the engagement, empowerment, and mobilisation of citizens. We have seen from research from projects such as the NEWCOMERS and the COME RES projects that environmental concerns are the main drivers for citizens joining RECs but there are in fact many benefits. We would like to invite you to share this Value Propositions document with your network or to reach out to us directly if you yourself would like to actively take part in the RECAH initiative.’ - Eugenia Bonifazi, Project Manager of RECAH.
- 21 Juli 2022
- Directorate-General for Energy