1st Inventory for a Draft of EU-Legislation

Communities of Sustainable Europe (CoSE)

european network of villages and neighbourhoods for bottom-up approach towards sustainability


De Stoere Houtman De Houtmanstraat 18 6826PJ Arnhem Netherlands +31.26.3629962 jaaphuurman@hotmail.com



An initiative of the Community of Ashton Hayes (village in Cheshire-West, United Kingdom), the Community of Beckerich (small town in Luxemburg), the Community of Blacon (neighbourhood of Chester, United Kingdom), the Community of Betlejem (neighbourhood of Reda, near Gdansk, in Poland), the Community of De Stoere Houtman (neighbourhood in Arnhem, the Netherlands), the Community of Feldheim (invited, village of Treuenbrietzen, Germany) and the Community of Measolle (village in France)


1st Inventory for a Draft of

EU-Legislation on

Local Sustainable Energy Companies, Ruled by Local Communities


to be developed and proposed by

the Network of Communities of Sustainable Europe (CoSE)


1. Definition

A Local Sustainable Energy Company (LSEC) is a non-profit-making Non Governmental Organization (NGO), ruled by a majority of local residents in a rural or urban village/neighbourhood, that support its owners and further clients,

at least with

a. Saving energy,

b. Using green energy,

c. Production of green energy and

d. Green mobility

and possibly with

e. Renovation and new construction of energy-neutral homes and other local facilities.

f. Production of local food,

g. Managing a community shop for local contacts and sales of local and other healthy food and

h. Organizing more activities and initiatives that can strengthen the local community.


2. Framework

The world and especially the rich continents urges firm steps towards cleaner environments without further pollution, tremendous savings on energy and conversion from fossil based energy to renewable based energy.

Most of the authorities know better how to describe beautiful future than to start this beautiful future immediately.

Most of the big and smaller businesses do not fulfill their own responsibility.

Both the authorities and businesses need bottom-up-initiatives.

In this world more and more local communities organize such bottom-up-initiatives, such as LSEC’s.

The position of these LSEC’s is not as easy as they should be, because they have to fight often against the (short-term) interests of authorities and businesses.

This reality might be stronger in Europe, than in the other rich continents, because all 23 member states of the EU seems to have different legislation on energy and towards LSEC’s.

A common EU-legislation, that supports and facilitates the development and survival of LSEC’s is urgently needed.


3. Content of legislation

k. An unambiguous definition/description of the ownership of self-produced energy and the protection of self-producing energy consumers

l. Energy as produced and distributed by LSEC’s is exempt from payment of VAT and energy taxes

m. LSEC-Energy as delivered to the (national) grids is better prized than the Energy that is sold by the conventional, big energy companies

n. LSEC-Energy get priority as delivered to the (national) grids above the Energy that is delivered by the conventional, big energy companies

o. There are no restrictions for self-delivery of LSEC-Energy to its local shareholders and other clients

p. Trade and transport of LSEC-Energy is free within Europe and between the EU-States and only burdened by a permillage-payment to international networks of LSEC’s, which organize the trade of LSEC-Energy, such as CoSE

q. Initiatives for LSEC’s are facilitated by green (low-interest) loans

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Arnhem, 6 september 2011,

Jaap Huurman

Jaap Huurman


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