Local energy communities and the EU’s clean energy package: An enduring innovation?

EU clean energy

Local energy communities and the EU’s clean energy package: An enduring innovation?

Monday, 17 May 2021 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Online Event
Jake Barnes (The Newcomers Project, Environmental Change Institute, Oxford)
Jenny Palm (International Institute of Industrial Environmental Economics, Lund University)
Kalypso Nicolaidis (St Antony’s College, Oxford; School of Transnational Governance, European University Institute)
Kristian Petrick (Prosumers for the Energy Union (PROSEU))
European Studies Seminar

This online event features as one of several this term which focusses on 'Political economy of European climate action', and is hosted by the European Political Economy Project (EUPEP) at the European Studies Centre.

Abstract: The EU's Clean Energy Package (CEP), finalised in 2019, introduced the concept of 'energy communities' and enshrined the rights of individuals and communities to generate, store and sell energy. For many this has been hailed as a significant moment. But to what extent does this move open the way for new entrants to potentially disrupt European energy markets, or does it simply reflect a convergence of commercial and political interest within increasingly renewable, decentralised and digitalised energy systems?  After introducing the CEP and contemporary activity by energy communities, the seminar will discuss the reaction of governments, the energy industry and civil society to the new rights of enshrined within the CEP and outline a series of critical issues that are likely to determine the CEP’s and energy communities disruptive potential.

Jake Barnes is a Professor at the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics researcher at the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford. His research interests include the politics and sociology of innovation and change at community through city to national systems. He has worked with local governments, community groups and social enterprises to reflect, learn and pursue societal transformations. His research is interdisciplinary, and problem orientated, covering two broad areas: participation, actors and agency in system transformations, and the governance of system change.

Jenny Palm is a professor in sustainable urban governance for a transition to low-carbon and resource efficient economies. She has a background in energy systems research where she conducts interdisciplinary research combining sociotechnical systems theory with analysis of planning process, governance, technology diffusion and end-users. Objects of study are urban infrastructure and planning, sustainable city districts, prosumers, grassroots initiatives and community energy. Palm’s projects are conducted in collaboration with one or several actors outside academia. Palm is theme leader for the research group Urban governance and experimentation at IIIEE which encompasses around 10 researchers. Her ongoing projects are funded by the Swedish Energy Agency, Vinnova and ERUF.

Kristian Petrick is freelance consultant in the field of sustainability, renewable energy and energy efficiency, providing policy and strategic advice to public and private clients for the last 14 years. Recently he has been working for the Horizon 2020 project PROSEU on prosumers and energy communities, but he has also advised, for example, the European Commission, the UNDP, the Heinrich-Böll-Foundation, and numerous other foundations, associations, and projects. He has drafted and advised on renewable energy policies for governments in wide range of emerging market countries. Earlier in his career he worked as supply chain manager for Siemens, and then as sustainable energy and climate consultant for Ecofys Spain. He studied Industrial Engineering at the Technical University Berlin.

This event will be chaired by Kalypso Nicolaidis (St Antony’s College, Oxford; School of Transnational Governance, European University Institute).

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