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Webinar: Unlocking community-based flexibility to transform the energy system

Insights from Energy Communities

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"Energy communities" and "aggregation" have been buzzwords in the centre of various debates while writing of the Clean Energy Package. While the new legislation is being implemented, it is key to understand the opportunities created by these 2 key innovations. Energy cooperatives and other energy market actors have experimented with these concepts in different EU projects, trying to capture the benefits of a citizen-centred approach and of new technologies to manage decentralised energy resources. During these 2 hours we will clarify these new concepts and illustrate them with hands-on experiences from our project partners and energy communities in the field.

The webinar is a result of a collaboration between:

cVPP: Interreg North-West Europe 588

FLEXCoop: Horizon2020, Grant agreement ID: 773909

REScoopVPP: Horizon2020, Grant agreement ID: 893240


  • 10h30 - 10h35 ǀ Welcome & introduction
  • Sara Tachelet, & REScoopVPP
  • 10h35 - 10h50 ǀ 
  • New concepts in the Clean Energy Package: Energy communities versus collective self-consumption
  • Roland Tual, & FLEXCoop
  • 10h50 - 11h10 ǀ 
  • The role of energy communities in a decentralised energy system
  • Dr. Anna Wieczorek, Eindhoven University of Technology & cVPP
  • 11h10 - 11h50 ǀ 

Hands-on examples and practical experiences with Virtual Power Plants (VPPs):

  • Social VPP, a VPP at neighborhood level in Ghent, Belgium

Luc Meskens, Energent, cVPP & REScoopVPP

  • Rural cVPP in Loenen, Netherlands

André Zeijseink, Loenen Energie Neutraal & cVPP

  • 11h50 - 12h10 ǀ 

Regulatory framework in Belgium, Spain, France, Germany and the UK

Dirk Vansintjan,

  • 12.10 -

 12.30 ǀ Questions & Answers

Sara Tachelet, & REScoopVPP

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