The Reenvisioning the potential of energy communities (RECOMMIT) project concluded at the end of 2022. The goal of this project was to develop an understanding of the needs to enable effective community participation and develop novel strategies for energy market design, and participation specific to communities.
RECOMMIT made advances in three key areas relating to energy communities:
- assessment of the impacts of market and regulatory measures on encouraging energy communities,
- optimization of dispatch of community energy assets under Spanish regulations, and
- cooperative energy community market strategies.
This project resulted in a journal article entitled “Reviewing and Exploring the Qualitative Impacts That Different Market and Regulatory Measures Can Have on Encouraging Energy Communities Based on Their Organizational Structure” (link here), a conference paper in ECOS 2022 (link here) and several presentations, including Energy 2022 and the 3rd Competitive Energy Systems Symposium proceedings. RECOMMIT also supported two internships for students from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya and material from this project was used to support outreach to high school students through the “Bojos per la Ciència” program (link here).
Josh Eichman, from the Energy Systems Analytics group at IREC, carried out the activities related to this project. He has over fifteen years of research experience in the energy system modeling and analytics area. His interests focus on better optimizing the use of current and emerging energy technologies to support high renewable energy systems. He now continues his career at IREC with a Ramon y Cajal fellowship starting on January 2023 (link here).
RECOMMIT was funded from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 801342 (Tecniospring INDUSTRY) and from the Agència per a la Competitivitat de l’Empresa de la Generalitat de Catalunya (ACCIÓ).