Individual and collective energy self-consumption as a factor in the fight for the green and energy transition, and for economic and social balance

EESC opinion: Individual and collective energy self-consumption as a factor in the fight for the green and energy transition, and for economic and social balance

Key points

The EESC:

  • considers that local and regional authorities need to favour "extended collective" self-consumption projects;
  • believes that it would be useful to make it possible for everyone to use electricity produced outside the immediate vicinity of the individual or collective self-generation installation;
  • maintains that it would also be sensible to make it easier for the most vulnerable part of the population, including those living in energy poverty, to generate and use their own energy;
  • calls on the European Commission to continue to support good practices such as not-for-profit initiatives for collective purchase of renewable energy installations.