Energy Communities, pathway for the citizens leading a decentralised transition to energy democracy

The aim of this session is to present new roles and pathways that energy communities are currently developing around Europe. The goal is to uncover how, in light of the new definitions in European regulations, energy communities can be used to harness these technologies in a socially innovative way that provides local communities with control, ownership, means to address social needs such as energy poverty, and promotes democratic governance.

In particular, we will discuss the translation of the cooperative model into the new renewable-based decentralized energy system, and what it means for the development of energy communities around Europe. We will also focus on the role of aggregators and the new services that emerge from flexibility to empower citizens and create new business models. This session will take the form of a panel session animated by Pr. Leonardo Meeus of the Vlerick Business School.


Head of the Retail markets, Coal and Oil Unit
European Commission - DG Energy
Legal expert
SUER / BestRES Project
Project Manager
Ecopower cvba
Advocacy Officer
Associate Professor of Energy Markets
Vlerick Business School
Head of Public Affairs
Swisscom Energy Solutions/Tiko
Member of the European Parliament
European Parliament
Project Coordinator
COAST Centre for Environment and Sustainability Research - University of Oldenburg
President of the Board