Energy Communities Promoting Home Energy Savings: Interventions, Theory and Results

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Abstract

Next to encouraging local residents to adopt solar panels or buy wind park shares energy communities have a role in stimulating home energy savings. In this chapter two questions are addressed: (1) How do energy communities encourage their members and others to do this? And (2) To which extent are energy communities effective in doing so? Results show that energy communities - often organized in renewable energy cooperatives (REScoops) - influence local households in three ways: via membership, general engagement activities, or specific dedicated measures. And rarely do energy communities operate alone. They are supported by intermediary agents, and it is not uncommon that they cooperate with local government to co-produce energy saving services. Empirical studies indicate that energy communities are well positioned and fairly capable of encouraging households to save energy—ranging between 4–6 per cent.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRenewable Energy Communities and the Low Carbon Energy Transition in Europe
EditorsFrans H. J. M. Coenen, Thomas Hoppe
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Pages179-204
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-84440-0
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-84439-4, 978-3-030-84442-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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