On 22 September 2022, BECoop organised, with the support of W4RES and eCREW as well as WECF, the online event “More women in renewables and energy communities: safeguarding an enabling policy framework”, as part of the European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) Extended Programme. The event gathered a group of expert panelists involved in energy transition, […]

After-event material – More women in renewables and energy communities: safeguarding an enabling policy framework
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Developed by CIRCE – Centro Tecnológico, this online repository gathers in a single place existing open-source tools useful for the energy communities and bioenergy sectors. The library allows project owners to identify them more easily, navigate through them and understand which ones best fit their needs. It supports developers and operators of community bioenergy and […]

Have you used our toolkit yet? A tutorial now guides you through it!
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This video explains concepts such as biomass / bioenergy, energy communities and introduces BECoop and its key actions to foster a broad deployment of bioenergy heating technologies across Europe and empower policy to transfer the community energy momentum to bioenergy heating. The video is available in Basque, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Polish and Spanish. […]

BECoop video: discover the project in 2 minutes, in 8 languages
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EU Sustainable Energy Week 2022 – September 22, 9.00-10.30, online Co-organised by Women Engage for a Common Future (WECF) Equitable access to and control over sustainable energy services for all is an essential right. For the energy transition and EU Green Deal to be realised, they need to be inclusive and participatory. Everybody is talking […]

[22.09.22] More women in renewables and energy communities: safeguarding an enabling policy framework
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Brussels, May 2, 2022 – In a digital event gathering over 100 participants, 9 EU-funded projects showcased the tools they are providing to organise/plan/grow a community energy initiative. Energy communities have high potential for moving away from imported fossil fuels, and tools made for various market players, from citizens to technology providers, can support. It […]

Press release – Tapping the full potential of community energy in Europe: 9 EU-funded projects join forces to engage users in the tools they developed
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Are you setting up an energy community? Would like to join one but don’t know where to find it or where to start? You are part of a community energy initiative and want to find tools to help you develop, manage and grow? You need to analyse potential business models and who are the stakeholders […]

[After event material] From setting up energy communities to making them thrive: what are the tools available?
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To translate the needs and challenges of bioenergy communities into a local common vision and roadmap for RE heating, co-creation workshops were organised in our 4 pilot regions. We gathered  local communities to identify the bioenergy heating vision that they consider more appropriate for their needs and challenges, defined the activities to be covered by […]

Translating the needs and challenges of bioenergy communities into a local common vision and roadmap for RE heating: insights from BECoop co-creation workshops
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BECoop tests the implementation of community bioenergy heating schemes in 4 complementary pilot cases with different characteristics, in Spain, Greece, Poland and Italy. In the previous issue of our newsletter, we shared news from our Polish partner. Here, some news from our pilots in Greece and Italy. Karditsa, Greece Our partner ESEK has been very […]

News from the BECoop pilots – April 2022
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Energy independence is now at the top of the EU’s agenda. Almost all Europe’s biomass is already locally produced, contributing around 60% of the EU’s renewable energy. Marine Perrio at IEECP makes the case for promoting biomass prosumer projects. She points at regions dependent on biomass that have reported stable energy prices in the midst […]

Article – High energy prices: what if one answer lies in renewable (bio)energy communities?
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Earlier studies realised by BECoop, a project funded by the Horizon 2020 programme, showed that the knowledge and acceptance of biofuel varies from region to region in Europe, making it an untapped source of renewable energy compared to other sources such as solar or wind. To ensure bioenergy’s market expansion –with high potential for replacing […]

Tapping the full potential of community bioenergy for heating: BECoop self-assessment tool supports the development of cooperative/community bioenergy projects
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BECoop releases new reports and factsheets, presenting bioenergy heating technologies as well as business and financial aspects, guiding the bioenergy community stakeholders through complex decisions and minimising their project development efforts. What is the difference between direct / district heating? What do the installations look like? What are the different forms of solid biofuels, ways […]

BECoop technical, business and financial reports and factsheets: new material available for (bio)energy community stakeholders
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While bioenergy holds, in practice, the highest potential for replacing fossil fuelled heat and remains a leading technology in the EU renewable energy heating sector, there is a significantly untapped market uptake potential for it. Several barriers prevent citizens from becoming (bio)energy producers and bioenergy projects to be more appealing, including a lack of preparedness […]

Activating a community energy market for bioenergy: a new e-market environment connects biomass heating supply chain stakeholders
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We are very happy to see the BECoop partner Energy Community of Karditsa SYN PE (ESEK) highlighted in the Greek media. This 5-min video , accessible to a non-Greek-speaking audience, presents the facilities of the Karditsa Energy community, producing solid biofuels from biomass. We hope that this example can be a seed that grows into […]

BECoop partner ESEK in a 5-min video!
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This report analyses the regional/national contexts of BECoop pilot areas (Spain, Greece, Poland, and Italy) as well as at the EU level, investigating the current framework conditions that could act as barrier or enabler for the uptake of community bioenergy heating. The synthesis of desk research and interviews reveals regional/national and EU-level factors (such as […]

[Report] Regional /EU framework and value chain conditions affecting community bioenergy uptake
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Several workshops were organised in our pilot countries to further present the BECoop concept and objectives and get stakeholders’ views. In September, OBS held a meeting in Poland on the development of the energy potential of the local community to increase the use of biomass (renewable energy) in heating systems. The meeting  introduced the topic […]

News from the pilots: event in Poland and a coffee collaboration for circular economy in Greece!
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BECoop, since the project started over a year ago, has at heart to engage with related initiatives and projects, to build on each other’s knowledge and resources. So far, a group of 13 projects has therefore emerged, also referred to as “sister projects”, which meet monthly to share results and draft potential collaboration ideas. One […]

A Business Model Fast Track on Energy Communities—Key Lessons Learned from H2020 EU Projects
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This online repository of tools gathers in a single place existing open-source tools useful for the energy communities and bioenergy sectors. The library allows project owners to identify them more easily, navigate through them and understand which ones best fit their needs. It supports developers and operators of community bioenergy and heating projects with 4 […]

BECoop releases its first tool – the toolkit!
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BECoop is glad to start a partnership with key projects working, like BECoop partners, on energy communities, renewables, raising awareness and providing solutions to policymakers. Compile, Come-RES, DECIDE, eCREW, Newcomers, RES4LIVE, W4RES, NRG2peers, Up-Stairs, RENergetic and RHC. Read all about them in the Related projects section of the website. Related Projects If you want to […]

BECoop join forces with 11 H2020 projects
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The first BECoop newsletter reports on project findings, plans and events. Read about bioenergy potential, our pilot solutions in , , 󠁧and , the tools that we offer for cooperatives, and much more.

BECoop #1 Newsletter is ready!
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Participate in a Perception survey! BECoop finds it important to listen to the local perceptions of bioenergy communities of as many locals as possible. This is why, next to the local events, we created a survey to explore your opinions and experiences with community bioenergy. The findings will help us signal key factors and dimensions of […]

Perception survey in six languages!
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Are you part of a RESCOOP/ renewable energy cooperative?

Are you a local authority or policy maker?

We would love to hear your views on the potential for bioenergy market expansion!

Please take 4 min for this survey available in 7 languages, before May 1, 2021: German, English, Spanish, French, Polish, Italian and Greek.

Survey: help BECoop assess the potential for the bioenergy market expansion
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Amsterdam, December 15, 2020 – In the updated Renewable Energy Directive II (RED II), the EU clearly considers community energy as a key factor for future Renewable Energy (RE) market uptake and mandates Member States to implement regulatory frameworks for enabling and facilitating this process. At the same time, several barriers prevent citizens from becoming […]

Press release: A people-powered energy system: activating the community energy market for bioenergy
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