Cities Survey on community energy

This survey aims to gather inputs from local governments worldwide to inform national government policy recommendations on community energy (1) to be included in a white paper for the next IRENA's Assembly, which is being developed by IRENA’s Coalition for Action (2). Preliminary findings will be shared at COP23 (November 2017). The findings may also be included in the REN21 Renewables Global Status Report 2018.

Countries such as Denmark and Germany have showed that decentralized energy generation plays an important role in increasing the share of renewable energy in the energy mix, including for electricity, heating and cooling. Investing in local renewable resources through the local government and mobilization of the local community is also a way to retain the economic benefits of renewables locally and to contribute to the social acceptance of renewable energy technology.

1 – Is your local government actively promoting community investment in local renewable energy?
If yes, how?
To give global visibility to your measures, report them at, the global platform for local governments.
2 - If your local government is investing in renewable energy please indicate how:
3 - Is your national/regional government actively promoting community investment in local renewable energy?
4 - What recommendations would you give to your regional and national government to create framework conditions more favorable to community investment in local renewable energy?
Contact details

Thank you for participating!

The results of this survey will be shared in the context of IRENA’s Coalition for Action Business and Investor Group as well as through the Global 100% Renewable Energy Cities and Regions Network and Global 100% RE Platform.


For questions or comments please contact:

Ana Marques
Senior Officer, Low Carbon Cities
ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability
World Secretariat


(1) There is no universal definition for "Community Energy". Community energy are renewable energy projects, with local ownership and engagement, not limited to energy generation but that may also include distribution, storage, purchase, retail and demand-side management. These projects may have different ownership models such as public, private, cooperative and hybrid, through the engagement of municipalities, citizens and local businesses.

(2) The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) created a Coalition for Action which gathers a broad group of stakeholders, including ICLEI. This coalition aims to bolster public support for renewable energy and encourage dialogue between the public and the private sector on key opportunities in growing renewable energy markets worldwide.