Policy brief 2: Trust and Energy Citizenship – The role of (digital) community knowledge for a sustainable energy transition

To enhance the participation of active energy citizens in the energy transition, it is essential to recognize their knowledge and give them a (stronger) voice – not only within their communities but also as experts for regional, national, and EU policymaking. Acknowledging energy citizens’ contributions and their needs in active talks and discussions can enhance trust in policymakers. GRETA recommends the policy makers to:

1) Offer and actively participate in a variety of dialogue formats with diverse energy citizens to acknowledge citizens’ contributions to the energy transition regularly and allow for mutual learning between energy citizens and policymakers.

2) Establish funding programs for digital solutions and platforms that enhance knowledge exchange within digital energy communities.

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