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Energy communities now possible in Austria!

On 7 July 2021, Austria’s National Council adopted a legal framework that enables the establishment of energy communities in Austria. With this new framework, called Erneuerbaren Ausbau Gesetz (EAG), the concrete development and implementation of energy communities can now begin! The energy agency of Upper Austria and UP-STAIRS project partner OÖ Energiesparverband (ESV), offers a One-Stop-Shop supporting the creation of energy communities in the region. A regional subsidy for energy communities is also available. For more information, visit (in German) or contact the ESV team at office(at)

Article in The Munster Express:

"What Energy Communities mean and why are they critical?" by Piyush Verma from the International Energy Research Centre  (IERC)

UP-STAIRS video released!

Check out our new video if you want to discover more about this European Commission #H2020 project which will accelerate the creation of energy communities and collective action by setting up One-Stop-Shops in 5 pilot regions across the EU.


Peer-to-peer exchange on Renewable Energy Communities (RECs)

UP-STAIRS project partners came together on 8 February 2021 in a working group to exchange on the status quo of RECs in the 5 pilot. Initiated and organised by the OÖ Energiesparverband (the project partner supporting the pilot region of Upper Austria), the working group allowed for a first structured exchange on the opportunities for RECs and collective action in the 5 pilot regions. It was an initial step in developing the One-Stop-Shops that will be established in Cork City (Ireland), the Barcelona Metropolitan Area (Catalonia/Spain), the Municipality of Brunnthal (Germany), the Region of Upper Austria (Austria) and the Municipality of Asenovgrad (Bulgaria).

UP-STAIRS – Off to a great start!

On 30 September - 1 October 2020, 10 organisations from 7 EU countries met online for the kick-off meeting of UP-STAIRS – a project that focusses on accelerating the creation of energy communities in European countries. As central element of the project, One-Stop-Shops for energy communities and collective action will be set up in 5 pilot regions across the EU: Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Ireland and Spain. The motivated team discussed first actions and got the project off to a great start. UP-STAIRS is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and coordinated by the University College Cork - National University of Ireland. It started on 1 September 2020 and runs for 36 months.

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