Energy Communities, the commitment to self-consumption
Fundación Repsol and the Escuela Politécnica Superior Mondragón Unibertsitatea held an event on energy communities, in which they presented this new energy model that aims to transform the relationship of consumers with energy to turn them into "prosumers". They explained what an energy community is, what models exist in the market, as well as two success stories.
Conclusions of the event
Energy Communities are not only about installing photovoltaic panels, but they facilitate the first step for citizens to participate in the energy transition in different areas: improving energy efficiency, reducing dependence and reducing the costs of energy consumption. These energy communities will evolve in the future by incorporating storage systems, electric mobility services and a greater interaction between different actors: other communities, grid operators, aggregators...
Public-private collaboration is important in order to promote these models from a social, environmental and economic point of view. Public institutions, such as city councils or regional governments, facilitate the participation of citizens in this type of projects, as they transmit the necessary confidence to tackle this type of partnership that involves several agents. From this point of view, the cooperative model is a key tool, capable of developing a collaborative and participatory management model.
Through public participation and social agents in this type of communities it is also possible to reduce the energy poverty gap.
- Ander Goikoetxea: Energy communities.
- Natalia Díaz de Arcaya: Regulatory Aspects of Energy Communities
Profesor del Área de Almacenamiento de Energía de la Universidad de Mondragón
, Alcaldesa de Arrasate - Mondragón
Vice Chairman Repsol Foundation
President of Mondragón Corporation
Managing Director at Edinor, S.A. Speaker from Ekiola - Krean
Head of the Distributed Generation and Demand Management Area. Basque Energy Agency (EVE).
Director Red Especialista de Empresas en Laboral Kutxa
Director de Desarrollo de Negocio en Ekiola Energía Sustapenak, S.L.
Coordinadora de Cruz Roja Guipúzcoa
General Manager of the Basque Energy Agency (EVE)
Consejero Delegado de Alba Emission Free Energy
Rector de la Universidad de Mondragón