Renewable Energy Communities: Enabling Citizens to Play an Active and Innovative Role in the Energy Transition

Empowering Citizens in the Renewable Energy Transition

The 17 May 2024 from 10:00 to 11:30 Brussels time

Are you ready to be part of a transformative movement towards clean, sustainable energy? Look no further – because Renewable Energy Communities are paving the way for a brighter, greener future, and you’re invited to join the journey!

Purpose of the event

Organized by FEDARENE and B.&S.U. Beratungs- und Service- Gesellschaft Umwelt mbH in cooperation with ESCAN sl and Friuli Venezia Giulia Energy Agency (APE FVG), the online event ‘Renewable Energy Communities: Empowering Citizens in the Renewable Energy Transition’ aims to highlight the role of Renewable Energy Communities in the European Union. The event will focus on how citizens can be supported in setting up and expanding Renewable Energy Communities, what innovative approaches exist in this field, and how the heating and cooling transition can be promoted in the field of Energy Communities.

What to Expect:

  1. Inspiration: Get inspired by stories of local cooperation and citizen-led initiatives that are driving the transition towards clean energy. Discover how Renewable Energy Communities are transforming energy systems, empowering citizens, and fostering a more sustainable future.
  2. Innovation: Learn about innovative approaches in the field of renewable energy communities, including ConnectHeat – a project dedicated to developing and decarbonizing heating and cooling communities across Europe.
  3. Support: Discover the SHARES Gateway – an information platform designed to support the creation and expansion of Citizens’ Renewable Energy Communities.
  4. Engagement: Engage in lively dialogue during our interactive session, featuring a panel discussion on the factors that support or obstruct the creation and expansion of energy communities. Your questions and insights will provide food for thought on the future of renewable energy in Europe and beyond.

Together, we can make a difference. Whether you’re a community leader, a concerned citizen, or a renewable energy enthusiast – your voice matters. Join us on the 17th of May, and become part of the Renewable Energy Community movement.


  • Welcome and Introduction by Thekla Heinel (B&SU) and Marta Lupattelli  (FEDARENE) – 5 min
  • Role of Energy Communities in the Energy Transition by Vera Kissler (European Commission – DG Energy) – 15 min
  • Support for citizen driven energy communities: presenting SHAREs Gateway by Philine von Zimmermann (B&SU) – 15 min
  • Energy communities and innovation: optimisation by blockchain by Francisco Puente (ESCAN Energy Consulting) – 15 min
  • Energy communities for heating and cooling: insights from the Italian project within the framework of ConnectHeat by Matteo Mazzolini (Friuli Venezia Giulia Energy Agency) – 15 min
  • Panel discussion: What are supporting and hindering factors for the establishment and expansion of energy communities? – 20 min
  • Wrap up and closing remarks by Thekla Heinel (B&SU) and Marta Lupattelli (FEDARENE) – 5 min