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Local energy brings greater democracy in Poland

Poland is clearly far from being a leader on climate action – it still uses coal to generate nearly 90 per cent of its electricity. However, below the doom and gloom headlines there are glimmers of hope that reveal a burgeoning will to join the global transition towards a clean energy future. Indeed, a growing sector of the population is increasingly seeing community energy as a means to a more democratic future.

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Polish Town Gets 100% Renewable Electricity

The Polish town of Kisielice has received the European Commission’s ManagEnergy Award 2014 for its clean energy leadership. It is 100% powered by renewable energy (wind and biomass, to be specific). The prize is to award outstanding local and regional sustainable energy projects.

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Community Energy Scotland 2014 conference - Local, National and Global

On 26-27th November 2014 Community Energy Scotland’s 2014 Conference will take place in Edinburgh. The topis is 'Community Energy - Local, National and Global'. Join the conference for two days of plenary and workshop sessions, exhibitors from business and support organisations, and Scottish and internal speakers highlighting projects, funding and partnership opportunities.

Together we can learn, exchange, network and celebrate Community Energy in Scotland in 2014.  With local energy and community ownership ascending on the national agenda, now is the time to get connected!

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CO-POWER news - Issue 3

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From evolution to revolution

“Now is the moment for Europeans to challenge their leaders on their energy choices, and in the case of the UK, for example, now is the time to get angry,” says Josh Roberts. He is clear that “opting to support a hugely expensive nuclear reactor in the UK and taking away individuals’ property rights in favour of shale gas drilling” are reasons enough for getting mad.


Europe must give power to the people when it comes to energy

Europe’s citizens energy movement of community-owned wind turbines, sustainable biomass plants, small hydro-electric schemes and roof-top solar panels, is providing secure, clean renewable energy at a time when the European Union is facing precarious energy dependency and the threat of climate change.


Neilston windfarm stars in new renewables movie

A NEILSTON windfarm has become the centre of national attention after starring in a movie on renewable energy. Friends of the Earth Scotland last week launched a new film documenting some of the best examples of community owned and operated renewables from across Scotland including the Neilston Community Wind Farm.


Community energy takes centre stage at B@S meeting

The role of local and regional authorities in supporting community-led Renewable Energy projects will form the focus of the 16th Breakfast at Sustainability's (B@S) meeting, taking place in Brussels (Belgium) on 25 November 2014. Hosted by the Common Representation of the Alpeuregio (comprising the regions of Tyrol, South Tyrol, and Trentino in Italy), the half-day event will see speakers and participants discuss challenges and barriers, as well as share success stories, in the ongoing transition to renewably sourced energy at the local level.


Seminar on citizen-owned renewable energy projects for Poland and the Carpathian area

REScoop 20-20-20 is a consortium of twelve international organisations that joied forces in order to increase the number of successful citizen-led renewable energy sources cooperatives across Europe. In collaboration with the Krakow Institute for Sustainable Energy (KISE) and CEE Bankwatch Network the consortium proudly presented a seminar in Kraków with a clear focus on how to foster social acceptance for renewable energy in Poland and the Carpathian area.

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Community energy deserves Europe-wide support

European citizens are increasingly taking control of their energy supply, introducing secure, renewable sources, through community initiatives, writes Susann Scherbarth. At a time of precarious energy security, community energy needs to be explicitly recognised as part of the EU 2030 framework.

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