Atenes AUC – A pioneering Italian energy community

Pinerolo, Italy Construction and Development, Data and ICT solutions, Energy Communities
“We are taking a step forward towards the spreading of energy communities. This block of flats, here in Pinerolo, is the first prototype of collective self-consumption in Italy. This is something unprecedented in our country that lets us hope for undreamed-of savings on our bills, if we consider that 20 million Italians live in 1.2 million blocks of flats.”


Atenes Auc is a cultural association based in North-West Italy. The various partners of Atenes Auc are joining together as collective of energy “prosumers”, i.e. a renewable energy community, or “AUC” in compliance with the Italian Law DL 162/19 (art. 42bis) and relevant implementing acts, such as ARERA resolution 318/2020/R/eel and MiSE DM, september 16 2020.

The association was co-founded by ACEA Pinerolese Energia, Tecnozenith and the Renewable Energy Community (REC) Energy City Hall of Magliano Alpi, and is going to operate in partnership with local households in multi-dwelling buildings to deliver up to 70 flats powered by collective self-consumption energy systems. The first two functioning, self-consuming blocks are in via Cittadella and via Tabona, in the city of Pinerolo.

Atenes’ partners meet the following criteria:
• Their flat-owners have consciously and unanimously approved this energy transition.
• Their flat-owners have unanimously approved the allocation criteria of the incentives, in compliance with current regulations and practice.
• They feature energy meters, BMS and/or IoT platforms allocating the incentives according to the criteria referred to in point C.
• They followed complete procedure on the portal of the Energy Services Authority (GSE).


The Clean Energy for All Europeans Package (CEP), published by the European Commission in 2019, aims at fulfilling the EU’s Paris Agreement commitments. It consists of eight legislative acts, two of which – Directive 2018/2001 dealing with Renewable Energy Communities, and already written into the Italian law system, and Directive 2019/9441 defining Citizen Energy Communities, to be transposed by June 2021 – are particularly significant.

The Italian Government, through article 42bis of “Milleproroghe” Decree (D.L.162/2019) – converted into law by Law 8/2020, published on 29 february 2020 in no. 51 of the Italian Official Gazette – incorporated the Directive 2018/2001 ahead of schedule, establishing specific conditions for electric energy consumers who are willing to join together into Renewable Energy Communities and Collective Self-Consumption projects. Such initiatives are supported by special incentives which are compatible with the other forms of incentives planned for residential buildings’ renovation and energy-efficiency interventions.

As most buildings in Italian cities are residential blocks of flats, collective self-consumption and related incentives, as well as the opportunity to set up flat-owners communities, can work as catalysts for the local and urban energy-transition process.

Issues tackled

The legal status of blocks of flats and the presence of property managers supervising them – both responding to longstanding rules and practice – ensure an efficient building’s energy management.

It is of primary importance to persuade both the electrical designers and the flat-owners about the benefits deriving from collective self-consumption. This purpose can be achieved by resorting to simulation tools, which can provide an estimate and a quantitative comparison with the efficiency and profitability of other forms of self-consumption (such as on-site exchange).

Incentives’ allocation criteria – and their approval procedure – have to be identified, taking into account favorable algorithms (by means of BMS and/or IoT platforms) as well as the applicable legislation, with regard to the owners’ property shares.

In Italy blocks of flats that cannot can take advantage of a series of public BONUSES and INCENTIVES, including the “110%” expense reimbursement (as it doesn’t apply to self-consuming systems powered by less than 20 KW) and the option of combining the 50% reimbursement + the incentives for collective self-consumption.

Building Management Systems (BMS) should be taken into consideration for a smart management of blocks of flats that undergo retrofitting and energy-efficient renovations.

The installation of a ventilated facade system by a third-party service provider that will consequently benefit from a significant share of the incentives may be a suitable option, when supported by preliminary studies that compare it with a direct investment by flat-owners.

The installation of energy meters and control systems is the best option for monitoring the residents’ energy consumption.

Actors involved

  • ACEA Pinerolese Energia (APE) - Energy Utility
  • Tecnozenith - ESCO
  • Renewable Energy Community "Energy City Hall" of the City of Magliano Alpi
  • Energy Center of the Politecnico di Torino

Actions carried out

  • Enery-driven-urban renovation
  • Creation of Renewable Energy Communities
  • Making thermal load electric (heating & cooling)
  • Making building smart


Flat-owners would potentially have so much to gain from converting their block of flats into a collective self-consuming one; they nonetheless need help and competent advice in order to make the best choice among so many options on the market and to play a conscious role in the energy transition and in the sphere of green economy.

The Association for sustainable and fair energy transition through collective self-consumption ATENES AUC was born with the intent to fulfil that purpose, and aims at the following goals (the 2021-2024 work program include 100 (ONE HUNDRED) Multi-Family Buildings for a PRIVATE investment worth 100 million of euros)

– Charging the flat-owners with a pivotal role in the upgrading of the residential building stock, helping them to get access to the incentives provided by the Italian legislation ruling the transposition of European directives
– Supporting the enhancement of the Italian residential building stock by upgrading facilities and equipment to high quality and performance standards that can lead to a lower consumption of fossil fuels and a higher energy efficiency, and can reduce climate-change emissions as well as create healthier and more liveable indoor spaces.
– Promoting retrofitting interventions on buildings, reduction of climate-change emissions and further steps in the energy transition of urban environments, for the “Manifesto of Energy Communities” supported by the Energy Centre of Turin’s Politecnico (Polytechnic University).
– Encouraging virtuous cooperations and the adoption of innovative business models aiming at valuable economic, social and environmental solutions, by fostering an equitable and local redistribution of the benefits brought about by the energy transition.
– Actively supporting the application of transposition regulations to Directives 2018/2001 (RED-II) and 2019/944, also cooperating with the sector’s supervising organisations (GSE, RSE, ARERA, AU…).
– Promoting renewable energy communities (CER) and collective self-consumers (AUC) in compliance with the Italian legislation ruling the transposition of Directive RED-II, which focuses4 on residential buildings (blocks of flats, multiple blocks of flats, renewable energy communities of collective self-consumers).
– Promoting citizen energy communities in compliance with the Italian legislation ruling the transposition of Directive 2019/944.
– Promoting research on innovative models for energy efficient residential buildings and providing additional services for heating, cooling and energy flow management systems.
– Participating to the design, development, testing and fruition of distributed generation governance models, as well as new technologies meant to spread the use of renewable energy.
– Cooperating in research studies on renewable energy sources.
– Supporting studies concerning local energy planning – also benefiting5 different local authorities – promotional activities for local energy policies, pilot projects that promote renewable energy sources and relevant support service.
– Organising events to report results and achievements.
– Promoting national and international partnerships, both in the public and private sector, to support the Association’s initiatives.

Why it works

The original objective of 100 Multi-Family Buildings (MFH) by 2024 seemed challenging, but due to the success of the initiative, many more owners are asking for additional buildings to be renovated.

The combination of fiscal bonuses and incentives for self-consumed energy (within renewable energy communities) is making the business plans strongly profitable.

At the same time, each MFH saves up to 80 tons CO2/Year, and ATENES AUC is clustering such potential to create aggregated financial tools for international emission trading.


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