Energy Communities are a new cooperation concept in the energy market, introduced by the EU Clean Energy Package. They provide a way to organise collective energy actions around open democratic participation and governance and to provide benefits to their members or the local community. Benefits can be social, environmental or economic, though the latter should not be the driver. Participation is open to a wide group of stakeholders, citizens, local governments, public entities and companies, but decision making can be limited to avoid that large entities active in the sector monopolize the initiative.
This booklet provides a summary of the management framework, primarily written for cities. It seeks to reduce the effort, speed up the process, strengthen quality and confidence in outputs, align across disciplines, and generally prepare a city to engage the market to acquire a solution.