Successfully implementing the energy transition cannot lean only on large-scale projects, but requires the support of the population and the implementation of regional solutions. Renewable (citizen) energy communities are designed to offer a common form of organisation for such local solutions. However, the legal implementation at national level poses considerable problems in practice in border regions and for cross-border communities.
On behalf of the Association of European Border Regions (AEBR), ÖIR investigated the possibilities for implementing cross-border energy communities between Austria and Germany. Against the background of complex legal regulations, practical solutions were developed that enable cooperation despite difficult framework conditions and were presented in the region.