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Facing the beast

Henner Busch

Researcher

Facing the beast

Community Energy in the Eastern Baltic Sea Region: From Standstill to First Steps

Author

  • Salvatore Ruggiero
  • Henner Busch
  • Aljosa Isakovic
  • Teis Hansen

Summary, in English

This chapter aims to explore community energy (CE)—energy communities that are established and run by private citizens—in four Eastern European countries. The chapter first analyses general contextual conditions supporting the diffusion of CE initiatives in the Baltic Sea Region. Subsequently, it reports the findings of four case studies from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland illustrating some of the main drivers, barriers, and benefits of CE projects in those countries. Significative contextual differences between the eastern and western sides of the Baltic Sea Region were found. Although some countries in the eastern Baltic Sea Region have introduced policies that may promote CE projects, cultural barriers hinder citizen participation in community-based renewable energy generation.

Department/s

  • LUCSUS (Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies)

Publishing year

2022-01-01

Language

English

Pages

49-49

Publication/Series

Renewable Energy Communities and the Low Carbon Energy Transition in Europe

Document type

Book chapter

Publisher

Springer

Topic

  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

Keywords

  • Community energy
  • Renewable energy
  • Baltic Sea Region
  • Energy community

Status

Published

Project

  • Co-producing and co-financing renewable community energy projects