Local solutions to the energy crisis: empowering citizens through renewable energy communities

The Covenant of Mayors – Europe is organising a hybrid policy session during the European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) on 29 September at 11:30 – 13:00 on Local solutions to the energy crisis: empowering citizens through renewable energy communities.

The 29 September 2022 from 11:30 to 13:00 Brussels time

To accelerate the clean energy transition and increase Europe’s energy independence in the context of the REPowerEU plan, Renewable Energy Communities will become an indispensable tool to increase energy security, decentralise the governance of energy production, lower energy bills, boost local investments and promote active local participation of the civil society.

The session will highlight concrete ways in which Renewable Energy Communities are supporting municipalities and rural areas at the local level to deliver a fair and just transition. It will also provide a practical catalogue of approaches that local governments of all sizes are already implementing on the ground.

Moderated by DG ENER, this interactive session will feature the Energy Communities Repository, the Rural Energy Community Advisory Hub, and will bring best practices from two of the Covenant of Mayors – Europe signatories.

All stakeholders interested in accelerating the renewable energy transitions through the active involvement of citizens, including municipalities, energy agencies, energy communities, regions, provinces, and EU federations of the private sector active in the field of renewable energy, and citizens, are invited to join us on 29 September at 11:30-13:00 in Brussels!

About the European Sustainable Energy Week

Organised by the European Commission and CINEA, the European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) is the most important event in Europe dedicated to renewables and efficient energy use in Europe. Its high-level Policy Conference, conceived in a hybrid form (both onsite and online), will gather energy stakeholders to discuss burning energy issues, debate on newest policy developments and brainstorm new ideas and solutions to deploy renewables. The EUSEW will take place in Brussels from 26-29 September.

Interested in the policy session? Find out more about the agenda here!

Register for the event here

EUSEW’s programme here


  • Achille Hannoset, Policy Officer, Directorate-General for Energy


  • Myriam Castanié, Coordinator, Energy Community Repository
  • Arturo Zea Falcón, Energy Expert, València Clima i Energia Foundation 
  • Jaroslav Klusák, Director, Prague Renewable Energy Community
  • Eugenia Bonifazi, Associate Director, Ricardo Energy & Environment

Register here.