Energy Cooperative in Alginet, Spain

Case study leader

Union Renovables (linked 3rd party: A ADEE is a local Distribution System Operator located in Alginet, the DSO is part of the cooperative group of Alginet member of Union Renovables)

The village of Alginet is located 25km south of Valencia and has a population of 13,000 inhabitants. Its energy distribution network is owned by the end users through the form of a cooperative by the Electric Cooperative of Alginet.

Alginet’s electric cooperative was created in 1930 by a group of citizens, due to the need for electricity supply in the town and the lack of interest from the electric companies to electrify small population centres, such as Alginet, at that time. Besides the commercialization and distribution of electric energy, the cooperative also plays a major social role in the town by investing and redistributing benefits among the end users. This role includes initiatives to mitigate energy poverty, promote culture and sports, and support the energy transition and climate change adaptation.

Alginet is interested in exploring the advantages and possibilities of implementing a Demand Response Management System, and also to develop a strategy to transition from a basic retailer to an Energy Services Company, as well as empowering their end users.

Local Energy Community Buildings

family houses and SME buildings

involved in the project demo

15- 15
buildings

stakeholders

0
users

Immediate potential outreach after the project

up to 4,000 houses and buildings

in the Alginet network, communication, learning, and dissemination through Unión Renovables and associates.

Type of business

Business-to-Consumer

Services that will be tested

Grid balancing, congestion and capacity management, imbalance management, smart contracts, energy efficiency and peak savings, maximising self-consumption, pricing optimisation.

Challenge

There are many constraints and barriers in the Spanish regulatory framework, especially for small electric entities like Alginet. The particularity of this pilot is that the members of the future community are part of the energy supply cooperative and live in the same village. The energy community can help intensify the cooperatives’ ties with and between its members, instead of understanding end-users as passive consumers and customers.
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