Cost for renewables around the globe

The new IRENA study provides a rassuring picture. Costs for RE around the globe are becoming more and more competitive with fossil fuel options. Find the full report here or go to the IRENA homepage directly. Now we must bring the energy to communities in the Baltic Sea Region.

The graph below is taken from the study and shows the levelised cost of electricity for different technologies and regions.

State minister of Justice and European Affairs in Schleswig-Holstein visits Sprakebüll

On Monday, the 5th August, Co2mmunity made a presentation to the State Minister for Justice, European Affairs, Consumer Protection and Equality of the federal state Schleswig-Holstein Mrs. Dr. Sabine Sütterlin-Waack. The presentation took place in the community of Sprakebüll and was about innovative community energy initiatives that are taking place in the area.

Sprakebüll is a pioneering energy community in North Frisia, Germany. The CEO of Solar Energy Andresen GmbH and the mayor of Sprakebüll, Mr. Nissen, discussed problems and benefits together with Co2mmunity lead partner CAU Kiel and project partner Heinrich Böll Foundation. Topics such as community renewable energy generation, community mobility, and governmental policies were discussed. This was a great opportunity for project partners to come together and see first hand the energy developments within the community and how they are positively impacting and enabling the community. More information regarding what was covered in the presentation can be found in the following factsheet.

 

Energy Cooperatives in Germany

You can find a lot of community energy projects in our database. In Germany the focus so far was on the federal state of Schleswig-Holstein. We are currently working on including projects from all over Germany as well. Thereby, cooperatives form a large share of the projects. During our research we found an excellent set of case studies that was bundled into a publication. It is relatively easy to organise a cooperative for realising a solar PV project for example, especially when the municipality provides a rooftop and leads the process. In the publication different modes of cooperation between municipality, citizens, users, capital providers, landlords, service providers and energy providers in different cooperatives for different types of projects are explained. The publication is only available in German though.

The EU’s Clean Energy Package explained

A new brochure was published by a coalition of stakeholders from Europe. It provides information on the impacts of the EU’s Clean Energy Package.  information on citizen rights to generate their own energy and the consequences for national support programmes for renewable energy. The brochure will provide you with a wideview of citizen energy in Europe. Maybe you want to share it at an event or otherwise?

Picture available on www.rescoop.eu

 

Ærø community energy is a textbook example

One of our project partners is Lund University which has contributed among other things with two case studies on the island of Ærø. This case study can be found on our CE Cases page. Now, this work also came to fruitition in an article in the Goegrafiska Orientering. The Geografiska Orientering is a journal for teachers in Sweden who can now inform themselves on the story of community energy on Ærø.

 

Føns Local Heating Plant, Denmark

The Co2mmunity partner Middelfart Municipality has published an article on the district heating project in its area. A small village is using local woodchips to fire a district heating, boldly supported by the municipality. Now people there have their heat supply in their own hands, save money and substantially reduced their emissions. Find the whole article here.

Estonia: Co2mmunity presented on paper and in person

Co2mmunity has been presented at the annual meeting of Estonian eco-communities on 12th January 2019 by Ülo Kask from the Tartu Renewable Energy Agency (TREA). The photo shows Ülo Kask during his presentation of Co2mmunity, the RENCOP model and the opportunities for eco-communities to engage the topic. (photo by Paavo Eensalu)

Additionally,  TREA has published an article in the Estonian Biomass Association’s annual magazine ‘Combustible and non-combustible energy resources 2018/2019‘. The article is in Estoniana and the whole issue is published on the homepage of the Estonian Biomass Association (external link).

 

 

Germany: Climate Protection Workshop in Rendsburg

On the 25th February, energiebürger.sh holds a Workshop in Rendsburg. The participants will get insights into how the district has become active so far, what climate science predicts and what possible futures of the energy transition in the state of Schleswig-Holstein might look like. Afterwards it is time to discuss in small groups what kind of future is desirable and where the people need to become active to make the change happen.

Find the invitation here and register to get one of the 30 places available until the 15th February.

Estonia: TREA engages the “Small Footprint” Community Mõisamaa

In December 2018, two Tartu Regional Energy Agency (TREA) employees met with five community members of Mõisamaa village of a Väike Jalajälg, which translates to “small footprint” community. Mõisamaa village is a RENCOP community and is one of ten communities taking part in the mentorship program within Estonia. The ERDF funded Estonian Energy Cooperatives Mentor Programme supports Estonian start-ups and their development through workshops, peer-to-peer learning, and mentorship programs.  The community is home to 20 people, and they are currently exploring alternative forms for the community’s future energy production and consumption. It is for this reason that TREA visited them. This informal meeting was a way for community members to establish initial contact and trust and for the TREA employees, and for the TREA employees to gather a preliminary understanding of the community’s day-to-day activities.

Currently all buildings in Mõisamaa are locally heated by boilers and regular wood logs stoves totalling 28 stoves, with electricity being provided by the public grid. The community’s vision is to replace oil boilers with more sustainable solutions, varying from building renovations, to PV stations, to bio-gas. TREA will be working with the community to develop the best solutions to satisfy their energy needs.

Mõisamaa’s main motivations and drivers for a community energy project is to reduce their energy costs and to become independent from energy imports and the public grid. As per the discussions, the community can also envision selling their sustainably generated energy to close neighbours, however this is not their primary goal.

A follow up meeting will take place in mid December for TREA to gather energy consumption data on the eco-village. The meeting will be with both citizens and farmers, along with any other interested and potential buyers. More information regarding the small footprint community can be found at http://vaikejalajalg.ee/en/