Energy community blockade persists

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Energy community blockade persists

Energy communities arise from the opposition to macro-projects, i.e. the agglomeration of solar modules in a certain space that allows the absorption of as much energy as possible in the smallest space. While community energy is the answer to this refusal, why aren’t they moving forward?

Community energy should have been recognised more than a year ago, but the Spanish government has not taken a position and therefore has not recognised a legal framework to protect these communities. Abel Porras, a member of the Cooperativa Energética, said that the project has stalled, despite its potential: “There is great pressure from the electricity companies to put the brakes on shared self-consumption and energy communities”. Energy communities can be a solution, not only for shared self-consumption among those who form part of the energy communities, but also as a way of saving and using alternative energy on a cyclical basis.

Despite the interest of local councils and citizens, projects in southern Europe are at the same point. From the solar panels in Sardinia, installed and not produced since 2021, to the changes not yet implemented (but approved at the beginning of the year) in Portugal on the functioning of the country’s electricity system.

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