Energy Communities

Energy Communities

Customer-Centered, Market-Driven, Welfare-Enhancing?

1st Edition - July 1, 2022

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  • Editors: Sabine Lobbe, Fereidoon Sioshansi, David Robinson
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323911351

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Energy Communities explores core potential systemic benefits and costs in engaging consumers into communities, particularly relating to energy transition. The book evaluates the conditions under which energy communities might be regarded as customer-centered, market-driven and welfare-enhancing. The book also reviews the issue of prevalence and sustainability of energy communities and whether these features are likely to change as opportunities for distributed energy grow. Sections cover the identification of welfare considerations for citizens and for society on a local and national level, and from social, economic and ecological perspectives, while also considering different community designs and evolving business models.

Key Features

  • Defines and conceptualizes the energy community for the current generation of researchers and practitioners facing the energy transition
  • Explores the main benefits and challenges in forming energy communities and to what extent they are welfare-enhancing
  • Examines under what terms, conditions, regulations or policies energy communities can be beneficially and successfully organized and why
  • Reviews the combination of business models and forms of organization which are conducive to economic feasibility and the commercial success of energy communities


Early career researchers, policymakers and regulators investigating topics around energy communities, energy economics, consumer and prosumer behavior, and the energy transition. Consultants, developers, operators, vendors and supporting organizations that could provide services to energy communities. Aggregator network and retail companies, and other sharing economy actors

Table of Contents

  • Part 1: The Concept of Energy Communities and Their Regulatory Framework
    1. A taxonomy of energy communities in developed energy systems
    2. The design of property rights in energy communities and its impact on sustainability goals
    3. The EU framework for energy communities and the contrasting conditions for their development in Member States
    4. Economic and legal issues related to Spanish energy communities
    5. Energy communities under changing legislation
    6. The regulatory model for the first implementation of energy communities in Italy
    7. “Community energy” in North America
    8. Regulatory frameworks to enable energy communities – With applications from Australia

    Part 2: The Appeal of Energy Communities to Customers and Citizens
    9. What motivates private households to participate in energy communities and peer-to-peer energy trading? A review
    10. Socio-technical imaginaries among Swiss energy communities
    11. Energy co-operatives in Spain – Social enterprises that are key to the energy transition
    12. Sustainable prosperity and resilience through participation
    13. Busting a myth – Do energy communities really deliver a just transition?
    14. Alternative economy and transversality ihn Citizen-based local renewable energy projects in Occitany, France

    Part 3: Enabling Technologies, Community Design and Business Models
    15. Digitalization of peer-to-peer electricity trading within local energy communities
    16. Enabling business models and grid stability – German Case studies
    17. The path to energy communities via local energy management and digital customer care
    18. The interplay of actors and expertise on the operation of energy communities
    19. Grid-friendly clean energy communities and induced intra-community cash flows
    20. Italian energy communities from a DSO’s perspective

    Part 4: Case Studies and Implementation
    21. Lessons from energy communities in Italy, France, and Ukraine
    22. Energy communities in Europe: A review of the Danish and German experiences
    23. Platform-based energy communities on regional and renewable energy in Germany: Benefit of and challenges for cooperation strategies with utilities
    24. Local heat network with bio-methane driven cogeneration
    25. Community energy in Eastern Europe
    26. Sustainable island energy system
    27. Electrification of the poorest rural consumers: An overview of their approach and a review of its application in a national plan

Product details

  • No. of pages: 300
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2022
  • Published: July 1, 2022
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323911351

About the Editors

Sabine Lobbe

Sabine Löbbe is a professor for energy economics and business administration in energy markets in the Reutlingen Energy Center for Distributed Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency at Reutlingen University, Germany. She is responsible for Sustainability in the President’s Office at the University. Her consulting company advises utilities on strategy, business and organizational development. Prior to her current position, she was Director for Strategy and Business Development at the municipal utility swb AG Bremen. She also worked at Arthur D. Little Inc. in the Energy Practice and in the regional utility VSE AG. She wrote her doctoral dissertation about marketing strategies for utilities at Saarbrücken University. In her research and teaching, she focuses on the transition of organisations towards climate neutrality, business model development based on customer preferences regarding distributed energy, as well as organisational issues for bridging the energy efficiency gap.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor for Energy Economics and Business Administration, Reutlingen Energy Center, Reutlingen, Germany

Fereidoon Sioshansi

Fereidoon Sioshansi
Dr. Fereidoon Sioshansi is President of Menlo Energy Economics, a consulting firm based in San Francisco with over 35 years of experience in the electric power sector working in analysis of energy markets, specializing in the policy, regulatory, technical and environmental aspects of the electric power sector in the US and internationally. His research and professional interests are concentrated in demand and price forecasting, electricity market design, competitive pricing & bidding, integrated resource planning, energy conservation and energy efficiency, economics of global climate change, sustainability, energy security, renewable energy technologies, and comparative performance of competitive electricity markets. Dr. Sioshansi advises major utility clients and government policy makers domestically and internationally on electricity market reform, restructuring and privatization of the electric power sector. He has published numerous reports, books, book chapters and papers in peer-reviewed journals on a wide range of subjects. His professional background includes working at Southern California Edison Co. (SCE), Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), NERA, and Global Energy Decisions. He is the editor and publisher of EEnergy Informer, a monthly newsletter with international circulation. He is on the Editorial Advisory Board of The Electricity Journal where he is regularly featured in the “Electricity Currents” section. Dr. Sioshansi also serves on the editorial board of Utilities Policy and is a frequent contributor to Energy Policy. Since 2006, He has edited 12 books on related topics with Elsevier.

Affiliations and Expertise

President, Menlo Energy Economics, San Francisco, CA, USA

David Robinson

David Robinson is a consulting economist and Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies. He is an academic adviser to The Brattle Group of Economic and Financial Consultants and was previously a director of NERA, where he was the co-chair of European Operations and one of the Directors of the Global Energy and Telecom Practices. He also worked at the International Energy Agency (IEA) and wrote his doctoral dissertation at the University of Oxford on the vertical disintegration of the international petroleum industry.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, Madrid, Spain

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