Community energy includes every energy production, distribution and conservation solution that serves the reform of a community’s energy system. In addition to environmentally friendly technological solutions, community energy ensures the democratic control of users over generation and distribution.
The Hungarian energy system is centralized and unidirectional: large power plants produce (mainly from nuclear or fossil sources) and users consume. In this setup, people can only suffer the fluctuations of the global market and the whims of monopolistic actors while the green energy transition is still to come.
On the other hand, community energy meets the needs of consumers through local production based on renewable sources. Furthermore, users also acquire the right to control the revenue from savings through ownership. Shared energy management develops energy awareness, democratic governance promotes social solidarity and community-building as we work with our neighbours, friends and local institutions on energy.