Energy democracy: Alive and well in Denmark

Preben Maegaard starts off the WFC parliamentary hearing on 100% RE in European Regions by making a case for a democratisation of the energy sector

Given that 19 per cent of electricity in Denmark comes from wind power, why would 155 local groups and organisations protest wind energy projects? The answer, as Preben Maegaard, renewable energy pioneer and Director of the Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy, explains, lies in how wind energy is being developed: these particular projects were proposed as privately owned for-profits. With three-quarters of the country’s wind turbines being owned by cooperatives, it is no surprise that this did not sit well with the local communities, which wholeheartedly support wind energy initiatives – developed by democratic means. That means allowing everyone to participate in the decentralised development of renewable energy so that citizens, communities, and farmers as well as small- and medium-sized enterprises benefit from the regional added value.

Energy democracy and decentralisation of energy production are focal themes of the World Future Council‘s parliamentary hearing on 100% Renewable Energy in European Regions, held at the Folkecenter in Thy, Denmark. We will pick up the debate on centralised versus decentralised again later this week.

October 5, 2012   3 Comments

Call to engage: we want your questions and comments

Which questions would you like answered?

This week 40 participants from 15 European countries, including MPs from Denmark, Scotland, Norway and Germany, experts, and representatives from national, regional and local governments will engage in panel discussions and workshops to discuss various aspects of regional development and renewable energy in Europe: best policies for 100 % renewable energy in European regions at a parliamentary hearing co-organised by the World Future Council.

We want to hear from you – journalists, bloggers, stakeholders, and engaged citizens – about which of the numerous facets of this topic interest you most. Which issues would you like brought up in the debates? Which questions would you like answered?

We want to take your questions and comments and feed them into the discussion during the hearing. Leave us a comment in the comments section below, tweet @Good_Policies or @AnnaLeidreiter, and connect with us on Facebook. We will be blogging and uploading results and photos directly from the Folkecenter during the event.

On the agenda you will find the different sessions for the week as well as our planned field excursions. The final participant list, detailed event description and further information can be found here.

This event is taking place 4-7 October at the Folkecenter in Denmark and is organised together with the Climate Service Center and the Nordic Folkecenter. You can find the event listed on the websites of the Folkecenter, ARSU, and Romania Energy.

October 2, 2012   1 Comment