Enabling sustainable Energy Communities
Authors: Alexandros Chronis, Foivos Palaiogiannis, Iasonas Kouveliotis-Lysikatos, Panos Kotsampopoulos, Nikos Hatziargyriou
National Technical University of Athens – NTUA
Energy communities are collaborative types of organizations focused on collective energy initiatives, pursuing a common goal of benefitting the community members. The energy community structure organizes a number of citizens and possibly local businesses, along with the municipal agency, aggregating them into a market layer. Thus, a common coordination of the operational decisions can be achieved. The practical implementation of such a local energy market via an energy community requires effective organization and coordination among the local citizens in the first place, entailing various public procedures.
EDDIE’s partners NTUA and KTH, recently published an article at the Energies journal (MDPI) which investigates the economic benefits of an energy community investing in small-scale photovoltaics and applying energy trading amongst the members, under the establishment of a local energy market. The paper studies whether a community-operated local energy market can enhance the investment feasibility of behind-the-meter small scale PVs, installed by Energy Community members.
For more information and the full results, please refer to the following article:
Chronis A-G, Palaiogiannis F, Kouveliotis-Lysikatos I, Kotsampopoulos P, Hatziargyriou N, “Photovoltaics Enabling Sustainable Energy Communities: Technological Drivers and Emerging Markets”, Energies, 2021, 14(7), 1862;