(AVN) – Venice, May 4, 2022
“I am really satisfied with the wonderful work the Third Committee has done in recent months. I thank the Chair and all the Directors, Majority and Opposition, for the fruitful cooperation they have shown. A naughty thank you to the regional structures for their professionalism and commitment. I very much wanted the Energy Communities Bill, which would be a great opportunity For Veneto to use renewable energy, particularly necessary in the historical and economic context we live in. Veneto has always demonstrated that it knows how to absorb and overcome challenges, even the most difficult ones, and that the work of institutions is to pave the way towards energy independence and environmental sustainability. Another view is that efficiency, innovation and synergy are the basis for ensuring a better future for the residents of Venice.”
This is how the Regional Adviser for Economic Development and Energy comments on the green light of the Third Council Committee of the bill initiated by the Regional Council “Strengthening the Institution of Renewable Energy Communities and Autonomous Consumers of Renewable Energy Working Collectively on Regional Lands”.
The text released today, which must be approved by the council committee before the final debate in the regional council, is based on the bill approved by the regional council in July 2021 and takes into account similar legislative initiatives of the council, observations and proposals. from the region.
“It is an expected measure and an important response to the energy crisis we are experiencing as it goes in the direction of achieving energy independence and a sustainable energy transition,” notes the Economic Development Adviser for the Veneto Region.
Energy communities and self-consumer groups are voluntary and open associations, which can include citizens, businesses and public bodies, with the main objective of producing self-energy for their own non-profit consumption.
Autonomous production and distribution of energy from renewable sources today is competitive and represents an opportunity for local development in terms of sustainability and a circular economy. Therefore, energy communities represent an innovative model of energy supply, distribution and consumption with the aim of facilitating the production and exchange of energy generated primarily from renewable sources, improving efficiency and reducing energy consumption.
Through this act, the District, by allocating sufficient funds and providing for MoUs and cooperation with local energy distributors and with the GSE, aims to:
Promote, support and encourage the establishment of Certified Emission Reductions (CERs) and AERACs
Preference by municipalities and managers of public apartment buildings for activities related to the deployment and implementation of CERs and AERACs
Simplification and standardization of delegation procedures related to community formation
It is also envisaged to create a technical schedule to reduce energy consumption, which will be established by the Regional Council with representatives of the territory and key stakeholders. This will have the task of planning activities to raise awareness of the population regarding self-consumption and energy saving, monitoring of energy needs, dissemination of good practices, and identification of methods for effective management of energy networks.
The bill accompanies a broader policy to support energy communities also through European funds and funds from the PNRR: on the one hand, the regional program ERDF 2021-2027 for the Veneto region provides significant resources (10 million euros) for the benefit of energy communities and similarly the PNRR allocates resources in the form of a loan to the communities Built in municipalities with a population of less than 5,000 inhabitants.
“It is a matter – concludes the member of the Regional Energy Council – to work in synergy between institutions also in terms of economic resources, to seize and exploit the opportunities offered by this new form of association, for the benefit of competitiveness and the fight against energy poverty, allowing the production and consumption of energy.”