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Klein-Pöchlarn Renewable Energy Community Association founded


The board of the energy community at the founding general meeting in the Klein-Pöchlarn ballroom: Chairman Mayor Ing. Johannes Weiß, Dipl.-Ing. Andreas Schwifcz from Energie Zukunft NÖ, deputy treasurer gfGRin Mag. Christina Zawadil, deputy chairman Energy GR Rainer Watzinger, B.A. M.Sc., deputy secretary Mag. Sigrid Bauer, energy producer Matthias Mühlbacher, auditor GRin Auguste Gubi, secretary Herfried Waltinger, cashier Michael Haslinger (from left).

Citizens share the electricity they produce themselves!
By founding the Renewable Energy Community, it will be possible for electricity to be exchanged regionally between members and therefore used at the same time. Due to the network conditions in Klein-Pöchlarn, a regional renewable energy community was founded. All members must be connected to the Am Schuss substation (at Weiten).

With the help of the first model calculation, it was possible to determine how much surplus electricity would be generated and thus be used jointly in the future. This provided the basis for further action. “Due to the network conditions in the Klein-Pöchlarn community, it was decided to set up a renewable energy community as a non-profit association for everyone interested in the entire community,” said Mayor Johannes Weiß.

This association was founded in February 2024. The operational start of the energy community took place at a general meeting on April 18, 2024 together with Energie Zukunft Niederösterreich (EZN) with a lecture on the technical conditions and future procedures by Mr. Dipl.-Ing. Andreas Schwifcz (EZN). For this purpose, those interested who had already registered were invited personally by letter and possible other interested parties and the entire other population were invited by post to possibly join the energy community.

Founding event of the renewable energy community.

On April 18, 2024, the founding meeting of the Klein-Pöchlarn Renewable Energy Community Association took place in the Klein-Pöchlarn ballroom. Around 70 interested parties found out more about the Klein-Pöchlarn renewable energy community in this context. The purpose of establishing the Renewable Energy Community is that electricity can be exchanged regionally between members and therefore used simultaneously. This means that Klein-Pöchlarn is once again a pioneer when it comes to climate protection, as so far only a few communities have founded an energy community.

The Klein-Pöchlarn Renewable Energy Community was founded as a non-profit association in February 2024 and is expected to start exchanging electricity between members in July 2024. Both private individuals and companies can become members. Mayor and chairman of the citizens' energy community, Ing. Johannes Weiß: “With the founding of the community, citizens can now also contribute their part to the energy transition. We are keen to ensure that we continue to develop this energy community in line with needs over the next few years.”
With effect from July 1, 2024, 10 ct/kWh (excluding network fees) will be set for purchase or feed-in within the Klein-Pöchlarn renewable energy community. After that, the purchase or feed-in tariff will probably be adjusted annually to reflect current market developments.
Non-profit character is in the foreground
The focus of the renewable energy community is on the charitable nature. Weiß explains: “It creates a basis for exchanging electricity between local consumers and producers within the energy community. The price is purely a passing item because the association is non-profit oriented.” The price is determined within the community itself. The club chairman continued on the starting signal: “The price of electricity has fluctuated so much in recent years that we were waiting for a more stable phase to start with the energy community. But now the time has come.”
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Pre-registrations are still possible there!!!
(Have delivery point numbers and utility bills ready for entry)
The actual registrations and electronic signing of the contracts will take place in the next few weeks (probably from the end of April 2024). All interested parties who have already registered will then receive an email with a link to sign the contract.

We generate our own electricity: join in!
A renewable energy community is an association of consumers and producers of renewable energy who can produce, store and consume electricity together across property and sometimes local boundaries. In this way, the renewable energy community allows its participants to use the energy generated within the community locally. The price is set within the community itself.
A milestone was set for the energy community with the Renewable Energy Expansion Act.
Further information about the energy community can be found here:
Renewable Energy Communities - Here's how it works!
Energy communities in Austria
Energy communities in Lower Austria
Entire legal provision for the Renewable Energy Expansion Act, version dated April 19, 2024

Who can take part in the EEG and what are the requirements?
In short: anyone and everyone. By founding or participating in a legal entity created specifically for the energy community, private individuals, but also companies or communities, can be involved. It doesn't matter whether you are an energy producer or consumer. The only exceptions are large companies or energy suppliers; by law they are not allowed to participate in renewable energy communities. A smart meter is also required. However, this should not be a problem, as the majority of the conventional meters have already been replaced with the new smart meters by Netz Niederösterreich.
Costs for participation in the energy community other than the electricity price:
Club membership €5.00 annually (to cover account and administration costs)
EZN administrative costs €21.60 annually (for technical processing and invoicing)
Savings in the working price of the network fees (which are charged by the network operator and not through the energy community) of 28%.
Elimination of currently unbilled or cheaper renewable energy subsidies and electricity taxes.

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