Communities of energy: a new figure in the sector

communities of energy

Communities of energy are the new figure in the energy sector introduced by the Directive (EU) 2018/2001 of the european parliament and of the council of 11 december 2018. These entities are legal structures owned by individuals, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), or local authorities located near renewable energy projects. Unlike traditional profit-oriented entities, their primary focus is on providing environmental benefits, economic and social rights, rather than financial gains.

To align with the EU directives, the royal decree aims to establish national legal principles governing these communities, ensuring compliance with the transposition mandate set by the EU provisions. The decree provides a framework that offers legal certainty, identifies and eliminates barriers, and includes measures necessary for the development of these communities.

As per the law 50/1997, the government initiated a public consultation process for the draft royal decree to gather feedback and public opinion. The draft decree was shared with the National Commission on Markets and Competition for their input through the Consultative Council of Electricity.

More information following this link: Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic challenge – DetalleParticipacionPublica (

Communities of Energy in DATA CELLAR:

By leveraging real-time data from various sources, including smart meters, weather forecasts, and energy storage systems, DATA CELLAR energy communities can make informed decisions about energy usage and manage their renewable energy assets more efficiently. This data-driven approach not only enhances the overall performance and reliability of the community’s energy infrastructure but also promotes sustainability and empowers community members to actively participate in the transition towards a cleaner and more resilient energy system.