What is it about?

The success of community energy project very much depends on local actor and the conditions under which they set up community energy projects. We looked at a number of such project from the Baltic Sea Region to find out how local actors can utilise beneficial contextual factors and how they can overcome barriers such as a lack of funding or know-how. We identify four different startegies these actors can use to make community energy projects work out.

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Why is it important?

Community energy projects are an important pillar of the ongoing energy transition to more renewables. These projects face many challenges of whichonly a few are technical. Most projects are about the question how to mobilise people for community energy and how to organise such initiatives. Our research can inform people in setting up their own project and thus drive the energy transition to help local development and the global climate.

Perspectives

This article is the first peer-reviewed article coming from the Co2mmunity project, an EU funded INTERREG project in the Baltic Sea Region. The work on this article was a lot of fun and we worked very efficiently together.

Mr Henner Busch
Lunds Universitet

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This page is a summary of: Context and agency in urban community energy initiatives: An analysis of six case studies from the Baltic Sea Region, Energy Policy, January 2021, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2020.111956.
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