Colleagues from the Slovak Innovation and Energy Agency (SIEA), the Slovak partner of the SHREC project, have recently published an article presenting the best practices of energy communities in several European regions, identified within the SHREC project, demonstrating the possible benefits for the citizens.

Using local energy sources is one of the ways to achieve energy transformation in municipalities and regions. The cited examples from Groningen, Netherlands; and Voiron, Lucinges, Mazet-Saint-Voy and Sassenage, France, show that local communities can produce more energy than they consume, and thus reduce dependence on external energy sources.

Recently, the concept of energy communities has been embodied in Slovak legislation through the amendment to Act no. 251/2012 Coll. on energy, which entered into force on the 1st of October 2022. However, the related energy market rules are yet to be defined so the energy communities can be developed further. The best practices from other European countries can help define those market rules.

Raising awareness of energy communities and their benefits for stakeholders is the main goal of the national SHREC Action plan, implemented by SIEA. The publication of the article is one of the awareness-raising activities included in the Action Plan.

The article has been published in the technical journal TZB Haustechnik, which provides expert information for professionals in the field of buildings technical systems in Slovakia. TZB Haustechnik is issued five times a year in 3.500 printouts.

The full text of the article in the Slovak language is available at

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