In this IEA report, it’s mentioned that cities account for more than 50% of the global population, 80% of global GDP, two-thirds of global energy consumption and more than 70% of annual global carbon emissions. According to IEA, these factors are expected to grow significantly in the coming decades: it is anticipated that by 2050 more than 70% of the world’s population will live in cities, resulting in massive growth in demand for urban energy infrastructure. Read more by clicking here ……
Although the text is written in the Dutch language, it’ll be interesting to note the following. “Energie Samen”, a Dutch interest group for energy cooperatives, writes on its website: “This fall, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate has signed the agreement to provide resources (€ 10 million) for the Development Fund for Energy Cooperatives.”. Read more (in Dutch language) by clicking here.
We are following this relevant development.
The Foundation Future Energy Systems (hereinafter: FES) was established on August 14, 2020. FES aims to join forces within different sectors in the field of energy, area development and social innovation in order to contribute to a more inclusive, just and sustainable society. What motivates the foundation is collaboration and co-creation, learning from experiences, and allowing each other’s complementarity to work to the benefit of all. Decisiveness, with a strong support organisation. The core focus is supporting energy cooperatives and neighbourhoods and helping to set up energy commons. The aim of the Foundation is not to make a profit, and the ANBI status will be applied for. For more information, see: https://fes.institute/en/
The Energy Commons Institute (ECI) was established in October 2019. Due to advancing insights regarding the objectives and in view of the experiences of the past year, it was decided to rename the foundation and to discontinue the ECI foundation. This is in line with the ideas and activities of the social and sustainable innovations advocated by the initiators. This new foundation FES – like ECI – has an independent vision of technological developments that promote the energy transition. With today’s science and developments, a sharpened mission and new approach are in line with this. An example of the activities of the new foundation FES is the support of energy markets for the pooling of flexibility in which benefits flow back to households as much as possible. Another example is supporting the development of new technologies and software, based on Open Source principles, which are necessary to enable an affordable energy transition for households and companies. With this review, the new foundation fits in seamlessly with the recently presented vision of Europe: “Recovery and preparation for the next generation”; https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_20_940
Update following changes in 2nd half 2020.
We would like to refer to the website of the foundation Future Energy Systems that has published a Position Paper: “Virtual Energy Plants through Energy Commons”.
This Position Paper describes the Energy Common ideas. It is an important impulse to jointly set up Energy Commons and to develop technology for this in co-creation and to apply it intelligently. Read more ….
The cooperative Energy Common Leidschendam-Voorburg (EC-LV) was established on February 6, 2020. The foundation Energy Commons Institute (ECI) has assisted in the establishment and continues to support this Energy Common.
After all, “doing together” makes us stronger. Read more on the EC-LV website.
On Friday, October 25, an event was held in Groningen (NL) with the theme “Doing Things Together”. The event was organised by the new Energy Commons Institute, and was hosted by the Centre for Vocational Training “Leerbouwen”. More than 150 attendees saw different organisations sharing their knowledge and experiences, in interactive sessions, with respect to sustainable solutions in the build environment.
NB. Leerbouwen has been established for people with and without distance to the labour market. In close cooperation with the business community, municipalities, UWV, Werk in Zicht and employment agencies, they provide customised training courses.