RES Coops in Europe


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Groups and cooperatives of citizens for
Renewable Energy Sources in Europe

Dirk Knapen, REEScoops
Zagreb Energy Week, 15.2.2012

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RES Coops in Europe

  1. 1. REScoopsGroups and cooperatives of citizens forRenewable Energy Sources in Europe15/02/2012Zagreb Energy Week
  2. 2. Who is standing in front of you? Dirk Knapen, Flanders, Belgium Actively involved in sustainable energy sector since 1994 Trainee at Nordic Folkecenter in 1997 organising study tours in Denmark Policy and project work on climate and energy for the Flemish environment movement since 2000 Joined last february
  3. 3. Who am I representing?Dirk Vansintjan, Flanders, Belgium Active in the renewable energy sector since 1985 Ecopower cvba since 1991 Active in the Conseil Nationale de la Coopération (National board of the Cooperation) Member of Coopkracht Vice-president of President of In contact with Cooperatives Europe/ICA
  4. 4. REScoop.euEuropean federation ofgroups and cooperatives of citizens forRenewable Energy SourcesOver 1000 REScoops in Europe?
  5. 5. REScoop.euBacked by UN2012 declared international year ofcooperatives as well as sustainable energyDefinition of a Cooperative“A cooperative is an autonomous association of personsunited voluntarily to meet their common economic,social, and cultural needs and aspirations through ajointly owned and democratically-controlled enterprise.”
  6. 6. REScoop.euBaseline 7 international cooperative principles1. Voluntary, open membership2. Democratic member control3. Member economic participation4. Autonomy and independence5. Education, training and information6. Cooperation among cooperatives7. Concern for the
  7. 7. REScoop.euPractical application of the 7 cooperative principles Supporting local communities Clean, affordable energy supply for all Citizens role in production, distribution and supply Sharing of experience Mutual practical and organisational support Creation of cooperative investment fund Creation of pan-European sustainable energy supplier Lobby local, regional, national, European and international authorities
  8. 8. REScoop 20-20-20 project12 partners in 10 EU countries ALIenergy (SC)  Enercoop (FR) Avanzi (IT)  Energy4all (UK) Cooperatives Europe (EU)  EWS (DE) Ecopower (BE)  Middelgrunden (DK) Elabora/Confcooperative (IT)  ODE (NL) EMES (EU)  (BE)
  9. 9. The REScoop 20-20-20 project
  10. 10. Event title Foreseen Foreseen place Target group Target month number of participants4 national workshops 11,13,15, 17 Bozen (IT), Lille or Mentors 25 mentorsfor mentors Bretagne (FR), Girona (ES), Organisations 60 Copenhagen (DK) Groups of citizens organisations2 validation 4, 7 To be agreed- during Partnersworkshops for charter consortium meetings Stakeholders Experts12 community 13-16 To be defined after WP5.1 – Local communities, At least 75engagement initial In any case between the 10 Citizens, stakeholdersworkshops for the countries mainly covered by Local Authoritiespilots the project4 open basic seminars 21, 24, 27, PL, HU, BL, EL Citizens, 50at RES national fairs 30 Stakeholders 1open seminar on 16 Bretagne (FR) REScoops, 50investment schemes new RES initiatives5 broad open 19, 22, 25, Luxemburg, Carpathian EU citizens 50information 28, 31 area, Ireland, Balkan area,workshops Portugal5 policy seminars 11, 15, 19, At meetings of the REScoops 30 23, 27 Consortium Energy market regulators Relevant EU institutions1 EU level seminar 24 EWEA 2014 congress REScoops 150 Stakeholders
  11. 11. Ecopower production  °1991 (NPO TSAP, Leuven,°1985)  37.000 cooperative members  40 million € equity  Wind, 11 turbines, 20,86 MW  PV, 270 installations, 2,25 MW  Small hydro, restoration of 3 water mills, 0,1 MW  Plant oil cogeneration 1 plant, 0,25 MWe, 0,3 MWth  11 years: 6%, 1 year: 4% dividend  Support for 4 x 2,3 MW wind turbines with Walloon REScoops
  12. 12. Ecopower supply  87,5 million kWh  1,1% of households in Flanders  31.495 customers on December 31  4.888 new customers in 2011  Cheapest and greenest electricity and best customer service on the market  Link between renewable energy and rational use of energyYear Average  Average consumption dropping consumption2006 3.909 continuously : -38% in 5 years2007 3.331 Without customers with PV-installations2008 3.063 (8809): 3096 kWh (-20%)2009 2.9852010 2.819  Very simple tarif2011 2.421
  13. 13. Energy4all  Created due to daily enquiries received from people looking to replicate the success of Baywind, the UKs first community-owned wind farm (  Works primarily with community groups and landowners, to develop renewable energy projects wholly or partially owned by a community co-operative  Created a 9 step stones guideline for groups planning to set up a wind project  Provides a package of sector, admin, and financial services to Coops in return for an annual fee
  14. 14. Middelgrundens Vindmøllelaug  20 wind turbines, 10 northern owned by DONG Energy 10 southern owned by Middelgrunden Wind Turbine Cooperative  World famous, most photographed  Story of Danish people investing savings in wind power told over and over again Private partnership formed May 1997, by working group for wind turbines at Middelgrunden Following success of Lynetten Windpower ( Aim to produce electricity through the establishment and management of wind turbines on Middelgrunden shoal Shareholders own a share corresponding to 1/40500 of the partnership per share
  15. 15. ElektrizitätsWerke Schönau  Triggered 1986 by Chernobyl accident  1997 take-over local grid  1998 supply of Schönauer customers exclusively with electricity form renewable energy and cogeneration  1999 national supplier of clean electricity  By 2012 operating 7 grids  2014 Berlin grid? Shareholders: 1830 Customers electricity: approx. 130.000, natural gas: approx. 8.300 Subsidized new, ecological electricity production units: some 1950 PV, cogeneration, biogas, small hydro
  16. 16. REScoop 20-20-20 projectProject partners support groups and cooperatives ofcitizens to go together for renewable energyFor more information or contact have a look at subscribe to our news alertPartners
  17. 17. More information International Cooperative Allliance 2012 UN year of Cooperatives 2012 UN year of sustainable energy Rio+20 UNCSD United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development 100% renewable energy communities
  18. 18. REScoop 20‐20‐20 project partners support groups and cooperativescitizens for renewable energy. Contact us for support! www.rescoop. Thank you for your interest