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PRINCIPLES OF ENERGY DEMOCRACY

The key elements we try to focus on..

UNIVERSAL ACCESS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE

Everybody should be guaranteed access to sufficient and affordable energy. The energy system should prioritise the needs of communities, households and marginalised people.

RENEWABLE, SUSTAINABLE AND LOCAL ENERGY

Fossil fuel resources must be left in the ground. We want to make the energy mix as renewable as possible and, ultimately, a hundred per cent renewable.

PUBLIC AND SOCIAL OWNERSHIP

New forms of municipal/public ownership and collective private ownership, often in the form of cooperatives, are emerging and have served the public interest. The means of production need to be socialised and democratised.

FAIR PAY AND GREEN JOBS CREATION

The transition is to be co-driven by workers in order to guarantee that the jobs in the renewable energy sector are created, unionised and fairly paid.

People Taking Back Energy

From energy access to climate justice and from anti-privatisation to workers’ rights, people across the world are taking back power over the energy sector, kicking-back against the rule of the market and reimagining how energy might be produced, distributed and used.

Latest Resources

Hamburg, Germany

Energy Remunicipalisation: How Hamburg is buying back energy grids

On September 22 2013, 50.9% of the Hamburg citizens voted in a referendum for the full remunicipalisation of the energy distribution grids in the city. The referendum was initiated by the citizen’s initiative ‘Our Hamburg – Our Grid’ (OHOG) and constituted the climax of an intense political controversy that lasted for more than three years. Through this vote Hamburg has received international attention and became a flagship example for remarkable civil engagement.

COOPELESCA, Costa Rica

The COOPELESCA cooperative experience: Energy democracy at work in a rural context

Costa Rica is an outstanding example of a country with universal public services delivery. It has extended electricity services – as well as water, health and education – to all social groups and every region of the country, with remarkable indicators for equity, quality, affordability, public ethos and environmental sustainability. Since its foundation in 1949, the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE, Costa Rican Electricity Institute), a state-owned enterprise active in the fields of energy and telecommunications, has evolved as one of the pillar institutions of this welfare state.

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