In this report, available tools and methods to support the initiating of energy communities are presented and discussed. It is important to state that the tools are free to utilize, and the results cannot be used to hold the authors accountable. An effective large-scale validation, or an update of the assumption basis, is absent.
In order to allow for the tools to be effectively useful to design the energy community and bring together all needed aspects to be subsidy independent, the algorithms behind it are complex and need to be linked to maintained databases providing insight on profiles, tariffs, and locally offered aggregation services.
The generic tools do not integrate such complexity and hence the effective use of typical tools is limited to a first exploration of options. The different tools presented in this report are listed seperately in the LECSEA Resource Database as well.