COMmunity Energy for the uptake of Renewable EnergySources in the electricity sector
DurationSeptember 2020 - February 2023
COME RES is a Horizon2020 project that aims to increase the share of renewable energy in the electricity sector. The current energy transition is not only making the shift from fossil to renewable energy sources but is also reshaping how energy is produced and distributed. Next to traditional top-down distribution, with electricity being generated in large power plants and transported to the end consumer, local energy networks gain in importance. These local energy networks have a huge potential in our future energy system. Facilitating their rollout and supporting the implementation of the facilities for renewable energy communities (RECs) is the focus of the COME RES project. The COME RES research analyzes the reasons influencing the development of RECs, in order to develop regional action plans and business model proposals. By investigating good and best practices, energy community platforms can be empowered with business models enabling them to be a partner in the energy market, and thus increasing the uptake of renewable energy.
The COME RES project sets of in nine EU countries (BE, DE, IT, LV, NL, NO, PL, PT, SP). The research includes different socio-technological systems such as community photovoltaics, onshore wind, storage and integrated solutions. All countries have varying levels of experience in community energy, ranging from those with exemplary performances to those that are just starting out. The project will analyze legal, socioeconomic, spatial and environmental features and detect the reasons for the slow development of RECs in some countries. The Philosophy & Ethics group leads the project activities in the Netherlands.
Furthermore, COME RES has a specific focus on a number of target regions where community energy has the potential to be further developed. In the case of the Netherlands, North-Brabant serves as a target region. The consortium synchronizes project activities with the transposition/implementation of the EU ‘Clean Energy Package’ and its provisions for RECs in policy labs. Policy lessons with validity across Europe will be drawn and recommendations proposed. The country desks COME RES project involves directly market actors and other stakeholders and organizes regular, solution-oriented stakeholder dialogues to co-create solutions to overcome existing barriers for the growth of community energy. To this purpose, in each country, so-called country desks will be set up. These can be regarded as informal dialogue fora involving the national COME RES project partners, community energy organizations, other key actors and market players from specific target regions and beyond.
In sum, the COME RES consortium:
•analyzes the potentials, barriers and drivers for RECs in the target regions,
•carries out stakeholder dialogues,
•develops regional action plans and business-model proposals for selected target regions,
•examines good/best practice cases that are transferable to specific local, regional and national contexts,
•initiates transfers of best practice solutions via policy labs supported by capacity development and training and
•develops a renewable energy community platform.
Researchers involved in this project
Eindhoven University of Technology
Freie Universität Berlin
Environmental Policy Research Centre, Germany
Asociación Canaria de Energías Renovables (ACER)
Becker, Büttner & Held
Center for International Climate Research (CICERO)
Flemish Institute for Technological Research
Institute of Physical Energetics (IPE)
Instituto de Ciência e Inovação em Engenharia Mecânica e Engenharia Industrial (INEGI)
Latvian Environmental Investment Fund (LEIF)
Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE)
Polish National Energy Conservation Agency (KAPE)