Emerging Energy Cooperatives: Bright Future or Great Failure?

Warsaw - Dreams of growing megawatts like tomatoes on a windowsill. Will energy cooperatives give power to the people?

Neither Poland with blooming energy cooperatives and dynamic changes in the law in that matter, nor Romania, with no law whatsoever considering collective production of energy, is ready for a green transition.

During weeks of investigation on Polish and Romanian energy cooperatives it was revealed that without the modernisation of power grids and good laws (or any law) and a true move away from fossil fuels, citizen energy production is not possible. Implementation of European Law is far behind schedule and in both countries authorities do not prioritise this topic.

In Romania to the extent that the responsible institutions and authorities do not communicate either at the European or local levels. The European Commission does not have any instruments to pressure these changes. Both countries challenge high energy prices and energy poverty to grow with climate change.

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Edyta Iwaniuk, journalist and anthropologist; 20 years of experience working in the newsrooms as a reporter, journalist, editor and manager in polish media holding Agora S.A. media: Radio TOKFM, Metro Daily, Gazeta Wyborcza.

Marius Daea is a freelance investigative journalist with over 30 years of experience.