#COP21 Solutions: Empowering Citizens Participation in Energy Democracy

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The energy transition to energy democracy.

As world leaders meet in Paris to negotiate a new international climate agreement, we will highlight each day an innovative EU-funded project that helps us understand, adapt to or slow down climate change. Today's project is: REScoop funded through Horizon 2020.

REScoop is a short for renewable energy sources cooperative and refers to a business model where citizens jointly own and participate in renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.

REScoop.eu is the European federation of renewable energy cooperatives. According to them it’s only direct citizen participation that fosters social acceptance for renewable energy and leads the energy transition to energy democracy.

There are more than 2,400 renewable energy cooperatives (REScoops) in Europe at the beginning of 2015. Hundreds of thousands of Europeans are united in REScoops to jointly invest in the energy transition from fossil and nuclear fuels to renewable energy and energy efficiency. There are many more Europeans at home who are also committed to realising this goal in their daily lives. They are investing in insulation, solar water heaters, in photovoltaic panels (PV panels).

During COP21 REScoop.eu and Enercoop will organise a policy conference on energy democracy at the Climate Generations area of Le Bourget. The conference will highlight successful community energy projects from all over Europe and explain how the REScoop model can foster social acceptance for renewable energy projects. Practitioners, researchers and policy makers will have fruitful discuss on how energy democracy can prove a viable solution to climate change.

The project received an EU contribution of about €7.8m under the Intelligent Energy Europe programme and continues to run for four years now.

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Project in Cordis database.

 

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