Prosumerism can help meet Europe’s decarbonisation objectives and contain energy prices, but how does one become a prosumer? What are the existing models? How much potential do these different models have?
Prosumerism is a promising strategy to stimulate the renewable, decentralised, carbon-free energy needed to meet Europe's climate neutrality goals. The European Union allows consumers to sell, store and consume the electricity they produce either individually or collectively. While there is a wide range of prosumer models, the most popular is the collective self-consumption model through citizens and renewable energy communities. They have demonstrated a wide range of positive impact for both people and the planet as they can address energy poverty and create social cohesion within communities.
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Author: European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency