The innovations in technical, financial and social aspects are crucial prerequisites for an effective sustainable energy transition. In this context, the construction of a new energy structure and the motivation of consumer towards a change in their consumption behaviours, to balance demand with a volatile energy supply, are important issues. At the same time, the Consumer Stock Ownership Plans (CSOPs), in renewable energies sources (RES), has proven to be an essential cornerstone to the overall success of energy transition. Indeed, when consumers acquire ownership in RES, they become prosumers, participating in the phase of production and distribution of energy. Into this, they are more beneficial by (i) generating a part of the energy they consume, (ii) reducing their overall expenditure for energy and (iii) receiving a second source of income from the sale of excess production. SCORE - Supporting Consumer Co-Ownership in Renewable Energies - is an ongoing Horizon 2020 project with the aim at overcoming the usage of energy from fossil sources in favour of RES, promoting the creation of Energy Communities (EC) and facilitating co-ownership of RE for consumers. SCORE hereby particularly emphasises the inclusion of women, low-income households and vulnerable groups affected by fuel poverty that are as a rule excluded from RE investments. In this framework, the main goal of the present study is to illustrate the general procedure of the EC creation, which consists of threefold main phases: the identification and description of selected buildings (preparation phase), the preliminary and feasibility analysis, and finally the target groups involvement in implementing CSOP model. In particular, this paper focuses on the results of Phase I and Phase II in Italian pilot case studies. SCORE starts first in three pilot regions in Italy, Czech Republic and Poland, and later in various other follower cities across Europe.
|Titolo:||Mainstreaming energy communities in the transition to a low-carbon future: a methodological approach|
|Data di pubblicazione:||Being printed|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|