Lorenzo De Vidovich is a sociologist, research fellow at the University of Trieste, and PhD in urban studies at the Department of Architecture and Urban Studies at Politecnico di Milano. His main fields of interest are energy transition, energy poverty, and welfare policies, with a particular reference to suburbs and peripheries. He is also investigating the social and spatial implications of the COVID-19 pandemic in suburban areas. In 2021, he has been project manager for the applied research “Community Energy Map”, carried out by RSE (Ricerca Sistema Energetico) and Luiss Business School.
Lecture – The role of renewable energy communities in the energy transition
This lecture provides an overview of the main features and function of the renewable energy communities (RECs), seen as new innovative challenges within the energy transition, able to involve a plethora of actors towards the development of community-based initiatives in the energy supply from renewable sources. In particular, the presentation unfolds the notion of energy community, according to the most recent normative instruments promulgated at both national and European levels. In so doing, the intervention will present the main outcomes of the applied research entitled Community Energy Map carried out by RSE (Ricerca Sistema Energetico) and Luiss Business School in 2021. Some intriguing case studies from the Italian context will be illustrated, along with the governance models, the combination of social and technical know-hows that made possible such projects, and the development strategies, which are also related to other key issues in the energy transition, such as energy poverty and energy saving. In this respect, renewable energy communities will be identified as viable tools for a just transition.