Over half of citizens in the European Union could be generating their own renewable electricity by 2050, according to new research.

The research outlines the potential for citizen-owned renewable energy projects in Europe, where 264 million “energy citizens” could generate 45% of the European Union’s electricity needs by 2050 – as part of what is described as a “democratised energy system”.

The report, The Potential for Energy Citizens in the European Union, was carried out by CE Delft and commissioned by European Renewable Energies Federation, Friends of the Earth Europe, Greenpeace, and European Federation of Renewable Energy Cooperatives.

Call for legislation

Molly Walsh, community power campaigner for Friends of the Earth Europe, said: “This shows that people have the power to revolutionise Europe’s energy system, reclaiming power from big energy companies, and putting the planet first. We need to enshrine the right for people to produce their own renewable energy in European and national legislation.”

Tara Connolly, energy policy adviser for Greenpeace EU, said: "The EU should be clearing a path for forward-thinking, nimble energy citizens, not supporting big, polluting utilities. The age of energy dinosaurs is over.”

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