Local Energy Ownership in Europe

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* Report: Local energy ownership in Europe - An exploratory study of local public initiatives in France, Germany and the United Kingdom. Energy Cities, 2017

URL = http://www.energy-cities.eu/IMG/pdf/local_energy_ownership_study-energycities-en.pdf


"The study aims to provide an initial exploratory analysis of the local energy ownership momentum in Europe by examining local initiatives in Germany, France and Great-Britain in order to illustrate the influence of national legal contexts.

The study is divided in four sections:

- The first section aims to clarify and define the concepts used as regards local energy ownership;

- The second is an analysis of the reasons and motivations put forward to support bringing back the operational management of energy systems under local control;

- The third is a review of the main hurdles and risks faced by local authorities wanting to regain control of their energy systems and identifies potential solutions to overcome these obstacles;

- Finally, the last part sums up the main lessons learned and aims to open up avenues worth exploring to go further in developing a local public energy service in Europe."

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