On November 16, starts the first gathering of the European Commons Assembly in Brussels. I am going to present our draft policy proposal on Energy as a commons along with two other proposals in the EU parliament. Following the presentation, we will then discussed in order to see what policies would help to develop the proposal and how it can help expand the commons.
Here is the program of the two days: program
If you are interested to follow the discussions on Wednesday, November 16, you can look at the live stream and the program of Wednesday afternoon.
If the cooperative model is far from being a new one, it has been lately put in the spotlight as a key to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This set of 17 goals was designed by the United Nations to reduce poverty and inequality worldwide while also decreasing our environmental footprint by 2030. How does community energy fit into this scheme?
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During two days at the beginning of September, the commons collided with renewable energy. Lots of very interesting exchanges and new ideas on energy cooperatives, barriers and enabling environments, storage and infrastructure.
Empowering People: what chances for community energy ?
How can we promote community-based and -governed renewable energy in the EU ? We want to present the background of energy transition and the role of community energy in the transition. We'd like to focus on policy as part of the enabling environment, with focus on developments in Germany and the Netherlands. Possibly also EU policies/ incentives. In a more workshop oriented part we can share practical experiences, grass root experience from energy cooperatives, having an open discussion focusing on certain questions (e.g., limits & barriers; financing; scaling up).
If the need for more renewable energy* or more democracy seems pretty obvious to most of us, the need for more (citizen) ownership is generally less clear. And even less the combination of the three: community energy. Insights into the multiple benefits of community energy as a transformative process.