April 19, 2024 – The Green Energy Cooperative (ZEZ) in partnership with the European Commission Representation in Croatia is organizing the Good Energy conference on April 25, 2024 in the premises of Wespa Spaces (Radnička 50) in Zagreb. The focus of the fourth edition of this ZEZ’s regular event dedicated to community energy are energy communities and the perspective of their development in Croatia.

Behind the concept of energy community is an opportunity for all citizens of the European Union, including Croatia to independently produce, share and sell renewable energy. For example, a group of owners of family houses, small businesses and public institutions in a neighborhood can install a joint solar PV plant and independently produce the energy they need through an energy community . The key advantage of such citizen participation in the energy market is that the economic, but also social benefits of renewable energy as a local resource remain in the local community. Experience in other European countries shows that such a form of investment in renewable energy brings two to eight times more benefits to the local community than renewable energy projects from external investors. 

Energy communities were introduced into the Croatian legal framework in 2021, and by spring 2024 only one had been formally established. The conference will therefore open a space for dialogue between decision-makers and practitioners, thus contributing to visibility and solutions to obstacles to more energy communities in our country, but also further focus on the role that energy communities can play in combating energy poverty.

Program of the Good Energy will be opened by Gabriele Giudice, Deputy Director General of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs (DG ECFIN), who also supervises the implementation of the Croatian National Recovery and Resilience Plan. He will share expectations towards the EU member states for the development of energy communities. In addition to local experts who will present the Forum for Energy Communities in Croatia, some of the most successful energy cooperatives from other European countries will share their experiences. Among them is the French cooperative Énergie Partagée and the Dutch cooperative Energie Samen which are known for the financial mechanisms they provide for the multiplication and development of new energy cooperatives. They will be accompanied by the cooperative Enercoop which contributes to combating energy poverty in France through microdonations of its members when paying energy bills.  

The Good Energy conference is intended for community energy initiatives, experts and practitioners in the field of renewable energy, representatives of institutions, local governance units and all those interested in faster development of energy communities in Croatia. 

Take a look at the program and sign up for participation via the conference website: https://dobraenergija.zez.coop/en/ 

The Good Energy Conference is organized as part of the projects ACCE – Access to Capital for Community Energy and COMET – Coalitions for Community Energy Catalyzation in Eastern EU which are financed from the LIFE program of the European Union, and the projects CEES – Community Energy for Energy Solidarity and SCCALE 20-30-50 which are financed from the Horizon 2020 program of the European Union by grant agreements no. 101026972 and no. 101033676.

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