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The Clean Energy for All Europeans Package (CEP), published by the European Commission in 2019, aims at fulfilling the EU’s Paris Agreement commitments. It consists of eight legislative acts, two of which – Directive 2018/2001 dealing with Renewable Energy Communities and already written into the Italian law system, and Directive 2019/9441 defining Citizen Energy Communities, to be transposed by June 2021 – are particularly significant.
The Italian Government, through article 42bis of “Milleproroghe” Decree (D.L.162/2019) – converted into law by Law 8/2020, published on 29 february 2020 in no. 51 of the Italian Official Gazette – incorporated the Directive 2018/2001 ahead of schedule, establishing specific conditions for electric energy consumers who are willing to join together into Renewable Energy Communities and Collective Self-Consumption projects. Such initiatives are supported by special incentives which are compatible with the other forms of incentives planned for residential buildings’ renovation and energy-efficiency interventions.2
As most buildings in Italian cities are residential blocks of flats, collective self-comsumption and related incentives, as well as the opportunity to set up flat-owners communities, can work as catalysts for the local and urban energy-transition process.
The following are interesting issues that are worth considering:
Flat-owners would potentially have so much to gain from converting their block of flats into a collective self-consuming one; they nonetheless need help and competent advice in order to make the best choice among so many options on the market and to play a conscious role in the energy transition and in the sphere of green economy.
The Association for sustainable and fair energy transition through collective self-consumption was born with the intent to fulfill that purpose and aims at the following goals: