The concept of “Sustainable energy communities” (SEC) is being promoted for a few years now within the framework of a European Commission Programme managed by the Executive Agency for Competitiveness & Innovation (EACI), called Intelligent Energy Europe.
The SEC are defined as “Local communities in which politicians, planners, developers, market actors and citizens actively co-operate to demonstrate and develop high degrees of decentralized energy supply, favoring renewable energies as sources, together with a conscientious application of energy efficiency measures in all end-use sectors”. We consider them as a new reality of the social and solidarity economy (SSE), in which the production and management of renewable energy is a “Common” designed with a political objective.
This polycentric, pluralistic and equal model of energy production and management is based on a logic that is very much in line with the shared administration paradigm, by which the Italian association LABSUS aims to develop a new model of administration, founded on the cooperation between the public authorities and the citizenship.
We propose to use the instruments, elaborated by LABSUS for the implementation of the shared administration, to facilitate the creation and development of Sustainable energy communities (SEC) as a positive challenge for the shaping of a public policy based on the ecological transition and the social innovation.