Energy communities is emerging as one of the hot topics of the 2020s in the energy world. This has been accelerated by the current Covid-19 crisis, which has made the need to find local solutions to global problems even more pronounced. Many of the discussions around community energy are centred around electricity - but are we missing an opportunity by not talking about the benefits of a multi-vector approach which integrates electricity together with heat (and ultimately other vectors like mobility and hydrogen)? In this blog, we will focus on the opportunities for heat to be at the heart of energy communities.
The transition from “old heat” to “new heat” is making a community energy approach to heat more and more appropriate – and potentially more valuable. We believe that working directly with communities on local heat decarbonisation strategies will be critical to the success of heating product and service providers in the future. Energy communities with heat at their heart are not just the future – they are already here, and they are a growing opportunity not to be missed by the energy and heating industries.