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The Quiet Global Boom of Co-operative Enterprises

August 29, 2014,   by Russ Christianson

Today, there are thousands of examples of local co-operative initiatives, from credit unions in India and fair-trade coffee growers in Nicaragua to industrial worker co-ops in Argentina, renewable...

Category: News on Community Power

SPP: Community Energy England concerned over possible community feed-in tariff U-turn

August 7, 2014,   by Peter Bennett

Community Energy England (CCE) has called on the government to push forward with its initial plans to extend support for community energy schemes under the feed-in tariff from 5MW to 10MW.

Category: News on Community Power

Two Thumbs Up – Oxford Community Energy Co-op

August 5, 2014,   by Glen Estill

One thing I like in particular is the Board’s sense of mission. Board members are not currently being paid, and it is an active board. For example, the equity is being raised by the board members,...

Category: News on Community Power

Feasta: Community energy in Ireland

July 26, 2014,   by Erik Jan van Oosten

Secondly there is the local vision which aims at small, localized, empowerment driven generation of renewable energy. Local ownership and control are seen as preferable to absentee corporate...

Category: News on Community Power

Creating Local Energy Economies: Lessons from Germany [for Great Britain]

July 24, 2014,  

There is an evident movement in Germany, not toward re-nationalisation or even re-municipalisation, but toward a much more constructive, locally-governed infrastructure, which can enable community...

Category: News on Community Power

Asahi Shimbun: 80% of Japanese municipalities eager to promote renewable energy

July 22, 2014,  

“The popularization of renewable energy has increasingly allowed local municipalities to produce electricity on their own,” said Tetsunari Iida, director of the Institute for Sustainable Energy...

Category: Renewable Energy, News on Community Power

Italian Group to Launch Crowd-Funding Campaign for Community Wind in Puglia

July 16, 2014,   by Patrizia Mastroleo

On 23 July, a group will gather in Castellana Grotte (Puglia) to launch a crowd-funding campaign to raise money for the first community-owned wind project in southeastern Italy.

Category: News on Community Power

Renewables International: How Germany’s new renewables policy will affect wind power financing

July 8, 2014,   by Craig Morris

Germany’s leading economics institute DIW has published a 36-page report in English on how the amendments to the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) will impact the cost of capital for wind power investors....

Category: News on Large Wind, News on Community Power

Renewables International: The chilling effect on energy co-ops of new German policy

July 7, 2014,   by Craig Morris

The DGRV, the umbrella organization for German energy cooperatives, has taken a survey of its members and found that a third of them have given up future investments.

Category: News on Community Power

WindShare: a stellar investment, a gallant icon

July 2, 2014,   by Stewart Russell

So when I see the WindShare turbine — whether fleetingly, from a GO train, or at extreme length when stuck on the terminally gridlocked Gardiner Expressway — it still makes me smile. We built an...

Category: Solar Electricity Rebels (Stromrebellen)

One cheer for the UK Government's community energy strategy

June 16, 2014,   by Dave Toke

The Government has launched a discussion document aimed at ensuring that local people have the opportunity to gain shares or income from renewable energy developments, but in typically British...

Category: News on Community Power

Radio-Canada: La coopérative Val-Éo semble avoir le vent dans les voiles

June 12, 2014,  

La coopérative aimerait pouvoir actionner ses éoliennes en décembre 2015. Déjà, 1,2 million de dollars ont été investis en capitaux locaux.

Category: News on Community Power

Citizen Ownership Remains Foundation of German Renewable Energy Explosion

June 2, 2014,   by John Farrell

placeholderI’ve been posting updates on local ownership of renewable energy in Germany since early 2011, and it’s abundantly clear that the Germans have yet to back down from their commitment to...

Category: News on Community Power, Germany FIT

Truth Out: Anti-Wind--Stealing our Sympathy

May 29, 2014,   by Sarah Taylor

If we allow ourselves to be deceived by the fossil-fuel industry and their fabricated worries about birds, then we will be refusing to look the future squarely in the face. We must end our addiction...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Community Power and Wind Energy & the Environment en Francais

World first for community tidal scheme

May 21, 2014,  

The world's first community-owned tidal power turbine in Scotland has started exporting electricity to the local grid, Energy Minister Fergus Ewing revealed today.

Category: News on Community Power

Windpower Ownership in Sweden--a Review

May 16, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

Windpower Ownership in Sweden: Business models and motives, the new book by Tore Wizelius helps English-speakers understand how Swedes have taken a sizable ownership of wind energy in spite of their...[more]

Category: book Reviews, News on Large Wind, News on Community Power, Community Power and Wind Energy & the Environment en Francais

SPP: DECC ponders new community energy-only FiT rate in Britain

May 13, 2014,   by John Parnell

The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) could develop a new feed-in tariff (FiT) rate under plans putout for consultation on Tuesday.

Category: Great Britain, News on Community Power

Renewables Interantional: Germany's biggest community wind farm to open

April 25, 2014,   by Craig Morris

A new wind farm to be opened in southwest Germany in a few weeks shows how much equity German citizens can bring together – and how much borrowed capital they can leverage. Clearly, the EU’s plans...

Category: News on Community Power

Renewables International: Ownership & The role of energy co-ops

April 22, 2014,   by Craig Morris

The purpose of today's energy cooperatives, all of which are for-profit entities, has always been to allow individual citizens to pool their resources and leverage large amounts of capital for the...

Category: News on Community Power

Renewables International: The energy transition: a German religious consensus

April 17, 2014,   by Craig Morris

Some thoughts about the role of the church in Germany’s switch to renewables and lower consumption driven by citizens, energy cooperatives, and communities. While energy policy is a divisive issue in...

Category: Renewable Energy, News on Community Power

ReNews: First Nation in tie-up talks

April 10, 2014,  

The developers of several Ontario projects with feed-in tariff contracts are working on partnership deals with a First Nation. . . The Six Nations of Grand River is in negotiation with Longyuan...

Category: News on Community Power, Ontario FIT

Co-operative wants $1-million solar farm in Sudbury

March 31, 2014,   by Jonathan Migneault

Bob Jeffery, vice-president of the SUN Co-operative board, said the group has made an application with the Ontario Power Authority’s Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) program, which offers small green-power...

Category: News on Community Power

OREP: Oregon Renewable Energy Cooperative Bill Passes

March 24, 2014,   by Mark Pengilly

SB 1520, which passed the Oregon House and Senate with bipartisan support, has been signed into law by Governor Kitzhaber. The bill allows renewable energy cooperative corporations to be created and...

Category: News on Community Power

GET: The right to make your own energy

March 19, 2014,   by Craig Morris

The switch from state-run water services to the private sector made the public aware of the difference between the two options, but the possibility of energy democracy is poorly understood outside...

Category: News on Community Power

SPP: Former landfill site to be turned into 2.4MW community solar farm

March 18, 2014,   by Peter Bennett

West Solent Solar Co-operative is turning to the local community to help raise the necessary £2.5 million construction costs to install the solar farm when it launches a public share offering later...

Category: News on Community Power

2014 Annual Windmill-Wildflower Hike Planned for Tehachapi--29th Annual Walk--May 10, 2014

March 11, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

Tehachapi’s Windmill-Wildflower Hike is one of the longest-running annual walks among wind turbines worldwide. More than 800 people, from children to octogenarians, have taken the six-mile walk...[more]

Category: News on Large Wind, Community Power and Wind Energy & the Environment en Francais, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Der Spiegel: German Village Becomes Model for Renewable Energy

March 9, 2014,   by Renuka Rayasam

The tiny village of Feldheim, some 60 kilometers southwest of Berlin, was catapulted by chance to the forefront of the renewable energy movement. Now visitors from around the world are flocking to...

Category: Solar Electricity Rebels (Stromrebellen)

Nova Scotia's COMFIT program to change after review

March 7, 2014,  

As of January, 89 COMFIT projects had been approved, with a total capacity of 200 megawatts. When launched in 2011, the program's target was 100 megawatts. It is not expected that all approved...

Category: News on Community Power

Social landlord in £10m solar FIT deal: Landlord sells feed-in tariff income to institutional investor

March 7, 2014,   by Nick Duxbury, Pete Apps

‘The beauty of this deal is that every-body’s interests are aligned: the investor makes solid financial returns, with measurable social and environmental impact; tenants enjoy access to free daytime...

Category: News on Community Power

Australian: ACT launches 'community solar' program

March 3, 2014,  

Canberra residents will be provided with a new opportunity to invest in solar power under a community solar feed-in tariff (FiT) from the ACT Government.

Category: News on Community Power, Australian Capital Territory

Renewables International: The Power Grab--Citizens as producers, not just consumers

February 26, 2014,   by Craig Morris

Beckman writes that "analysts" speak of "gross inefficiencies" in national schemes: "wind and solar power get built where subsidies are highest rather than where there is most wind or sun in Europe."...

Category: Renewable Energy, News on Community Power

Guardian: Cornish town plans to restore its energy self-sufficiency by 2020

February 25, 2014,   by Clare Goff

Cornish town plans to restore its energy self-sufficiency by 2020 To combat fuel poverty, Wadebridge – where a century ago the local electricity company and gasworks provided for all its needs – has...

Category: News on Community Power

Clean Energy Blog: 40 Religious Groups Practicing Creation Care with Wind Turbinef

February 24, 2014,   by Simon Mahon

Creation Care merges faith with proactive solutions to protect God’s creation. Next week, the season of Lent begins for millions of faithful people around the world. To mirror the 40 days of Lent,...

Category: News on Community Power, News on Large Wind

Renewables International: German Policy proposals bad for energy coops

February 13, 2014,   by Craig Morris

German energy coop lobby group DGRV says that the current proposals for changes in energy policy would put an end to the Energiewende as we know it – as a grassroots movement from the 1970s.

Category: Germany FIT, News on Community Power

Renewables International: German Energy cooperatives up, up, and away

February 7, 2014,   by Craig Morris

German renewable energy organization AEE has updated its chart showing the number of energy co-ops in the country,, which continues to rise. The question is whether community ownership has any future...

Category: News on Community Power

72 MW Community-Owned Wind Farm Installed in Germany

February 6, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

This is the largest community-owned wind farm in Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen) and may be one of the largest community-owned wind plants in the world. More than 700 regional property owners and...[more]

Category: News on Community Power

Mainichi: Construction plans for mid-sized geothermal plants booming across Japan

February 4, 2014,  

The purchase price for renewable energy generated by a power plant whose maximum output is less than 15,000 kilowatts is also set relatively high at 42 yen per kilowatt hour under the feed-in tariff...

Category: Japan FIT, News on Geothermal, News on Community Power

ISEP: Fukushima Community Power Declaration

February 2, 2014,  

We highly welcome the launch of the Fukushima Community Power Fund and call on community power proponents in Japan to support the fund so that it can soon become fully operational and support...

Category: News on Community Power

Britain’s Community Energy Plan Proposes Doubling FIT Cap

January 31, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

The only concrete proposal is DECC’s statement that “We will be consulting in spring 2014 on doubling the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) maximum capacity ceiling from 5MW to 10MW for community projects.” [more]

Category: News on Community Power, Great Britain

OPA: Strong Demand Continues for Feed-In Tariff Program

January 24, 2014,  

More than four years after the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) launched North America’s first comprehensive Feed-In Tariff (FIT) Program, Ontario’s renewable energy industry, municipalities, Aboriginal...

Category: Ontario FIT, News on Community Power

CBC: First of its kind solar coop project

January 16, 2014,  

Collège Catholique Samuel-Genest will be installing a 75-kilowatt solar panel system on its roof in collaboration with the Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-op, or OREC.

Category: News on Community Power

Saskatoon Community Wind

January 7, 2014,  

Saskatoon Community Wind is a community vision. 10 wind turbines located 15 to 30 kilometres from Saskatoon, owned by thousands of people from the Saskatoon region and generating 5% of our...

Category: News on Community Power

Ontario SolarShare: $3 Million Raised in Solar Bonds!

January 7, 2014,  

SolarShare has achieved a first in Canada by raising $3 million of investment for solar energy.

Category: News on Community Power

Definition und Marktanalyse von Bürgerenergie in Deutschland

December 20, 2013,   by Agentur für Erneuerbare Energien

76-page report on the ownership of renewable energy in Germany through 2012, including the original charts in German translated by Craig Morris into English.

Category: News on Community Power

Chronicle Herald: Community Energy projects get green light

December 20, 2013,  

A cluster of community energy projects received Nova Scotia government clearance Friday to proceed to the next stage of development. . . Each of the 13 projects from eight different groups is...

Category: News on Community Power, Nova Scotia FIT

Boell: Please, in My Backyard: How renewable energy cooperatives advanced citizen involvement in the Germany energy transition

December 19, 2013,   by Andreas Wieg

To sum up, the broad support for Germany’s Energiewende is a result of the wide spread ownership of renewable energy production. Many citizens like to get involved in energy projects, especially in...

Category: News on Community Power

Cultiva tu propia energía' (Grow up your own energy

December 9, 2013,   by Friends of the Earth

Grow up your own energy is a very visual publication from Amigos de la Tierra España (Friends of the Earth Spain) released in 2013. The document is structured in three main chapters. Firstly, it...

Category: News on Community Power

Energy by the people in Germany

November 20, 2013,   by Craig Morris

Germans can switch power providers. In fact, they are not only free as power consumers, but also free to become “prosumers” – simultaneously producers and consumers. They can even sell the power they...

Category: News on Community Power

New European Community Power Web Site Launched

November 12, 2013,  

Dubbed "Community Power--for people's ownership of renewable energy", the slick new web site offers a platform for expanding community ownership of renewables in the European Union.

Category: News on Community Power

Wind Energy and Friends of the Earth in Kassel, Germany--Some Observations

October 31, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

Over the years I’ve noted more than once the observation that most major environmental groups in Germany give a full-throated endorsement of renewable energy, the energiewende, and wind energy in...[more]

Category: News on Wind Energy, Renewable Energy, News on Community Power, Book Reviews of Books auf Deutsch, Reviews of Wind Books auf Deutsch

Paul Gipe in Italia su Eolico cooperativo

October 30, 2013,   by Antonio CECERE

Mai avrei immaginato di poter conoscere direttamente Paul Gipe. L’occasione è stata la giornata di studio su “Eolico cooperativo” organizzata a Castellana Grotte (BA) il 29 settembre del 2013 da...

Category: News on Community Power

The Journal: UK farmers turning to wind turbines to supplement income

October 23, 2013,   by Jo Blakemore

A dramatic fall in income, coupled with rising energy costs, is seeing increasing number of farmers turning to wind turbines as an additional source of revenue ahead of looming energy regulator...

Category: News on Large Wind, News on Small Wind, News on Community Power

Give community wind power the same EMR terms as Hinkley C!

October 22, 2013,   by Dave Toke

The Government has talked about extending the size of the schemes which qualify under the small feed-in tariff from 5MW to 10 MW. However this makes little difference as the rates payable under the...

Category: Nuclear Power, News on Community Power

Toronto Star: Toronto Zoo biogas plant hopes to raise millions through community bonds

October 10, 2013,   by Zoe McKnight

In a bid to raise enough money to build a $5.4-million energy plant that runs on zoo poo, a Toronto-based co-op is turning to the public for funding.

Category: News on Community Power

Activists Begin Organizing Wind Cooperative in Southern Italy

October 9, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

On Sunday morning 29 September nearly 50 people attended a full-day workshop on how locally-owned wind energy could benefit them and their communities.[more]

Category: News on Community Power

Dutch Wind Cooperative Kennermerwind Update 2013

October 7, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

I first visited Kennermerwind sometime in 1996 on assignment for the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), a US environmental group.[more]

Category: News on Community Power

Renewables International: People for wind power

September 30, 2013,   by Craig Morris

In Scotland, the first 100 percent co-op-owned wind turbine is going up, and in Australia, a new video shows how much locals enjoy the wind turbines on their land.

Category: News on Community Power, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

CBC: 9 leading causes of bird deaths in Canada

September 30, 2013,  

Somewhat surprisingly, the oil and gas industry and wind turbines, which have both been blamed for causing bird deaths, didn't make it onto the list of top killers.

Category: Community Power and Wind Energy & the Environment en Francais, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

The Age: Hepburn co-op sailing with the wind

September 29, 2013,   by Michael Green

It has been a hard road: Hepburn Wind took six years to complete. But since then the project has received local, state, national and global awards. Last year it won the World Wind Energy award for...

Category: News on Community Power

Onshore wind energy development in Puglia

September 29, 2013,   by Francesco Paraggio

Presentation on Developing Locally-Owned Wind Turbines in Castellana Grotte: The Current Situation in Italy

Category: News on Community Power

Energy Cooperatives: Citizens, communities and local economy in good company

September 28, 2013,   by Deutscher Genossenschafts- und Raiffeisenverband

Energy cooperatives as organisational form are growing a lot in popularity because they offer a variety of possibilities for action and design. Currently, more than 80,000 citizens in Germany hold...

Category: News on Community Power

ReNews: Ireland draws on local power

September 16, 2013,  

Irish energy minister Pat Rabbitte (pictured) has taken the wraps off the Republic’s first community-owned wind farm. The 4.4MW Templederry project in County Tipperary is owned by a co-operative...

Category: News on Community Power

Guardian: Remote Scottish windfarms to receive guaranteed price for their electricity

September 15, 2013,   by Severin Carrell

Community-owned windfarms on some of Scotland's remotest islands are likely to gain from a new deal to buy their electricity at a higher price, Ed Davey, the energy and climate secretary, has said.

Category: Great Britain, News on Community Power

ResPublica: The Community Renewables Economy: Starting up, scaling up and spinning out

September 13, 2013,   by Jelte Harnmeijer,Matthew Parsons,Caroline Julian

ResPublica reveals that community owned energy could grow 89 times its current size if the right national and local policies are put in place. In Germany, community energy accounts for 46% of all...

Category: News on Community Power

Eolico Cooperativo: Corso gratuito della durata di un giorno con Paul Gipe e Francesco Paraggio

September 10, 2013,  

Seminario sulla realizzazione di piccole e medie aziende locali per la produzione di energia tramite impianti eolici la cui proprietà sia diffusa sul territorio. Oggi questa formula, ancora poco...

Category: News on Community Power

TREC: 2nd Annual Climb Toronto's Community-Owned Wind Turbine 5-8 October 2013

September 10, 2013,  

Want a fun and challenging experience that your friends haven't had? Want to be a trailblazer and make a real impact in the fight against climate change? Building on the success of last year's...

Category: Solar Electricity Rebels (Stromrebellen)

More of Morris on Community Ownership of Renewables in Germany: All Major Political Parties Support

September 3, 2013,   by Craig Morris

Energy democracy is not just about having your own solar roof . . . Conservative politicians Ingbert Liebing and Josef Göppel also expressed their support. “In northern Frisia, we have more than 90%...

Category: News on Community Power

Greenpeace: Renewable Energy is the Economic Motor for Communities (auf Deutsch)

September 2, 2013,  

In 2012 17 billion Euros were added to local communities in Germany by wind and solar energy, according to a study for Greenpeace.

Category: News on Community Power

UK Parliament: Local Energy

August 6, 2013,   by Energy and Climate Change Committee

Government provides support to households who install small-scale renewable energy systems through the Feed-in Tariff scheme (FiT), while large scale projects like off-shore wind farms will be...

Category: News on Community Power, Great Britain

UK Parliament: "Support communities who want to install renewable energy systems"

August 6, 2013,   by Energy and Climate Change Committee

Businesses, cooperatives, local authorities, schools and housing associations should be given financial support to install medium-sized renewable energy generating systems - such as solar arrays,...

Category: News on Community Power

Power Plant Decommissioning and Dismantling: PG&E’s Kern River Power Plant—28 Years and Waiting

August 5, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

The question about what to do with wind turbines after they’ve reached the end of their useful lives is often raised out of fear that derelict wind turbines will litter the landscape. As I’ve...[more]

Category: News on Large Wind, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Community Power and Wind Energy & the Environment en Francais

Renewables International: Utility-scale solar small in Germany

July 30, 2013,   by Craig Morris

The statistics are further evidence that the German PV market has a relatively large share of small, distributed systems in an international comparison. One reason is strong community and citizen...

Category: News on Community Power, News on Solar Energy

31 Community Power Coops Wind Contracts in Ontario

July 27, 2013,  

Soon, more of the power produced in some 60 municipalities in Ontario will be owned by the people of the province through community power co-operatives. Twenty-five MW in contracts have been...

Category: News on Community Power

German Renewable Cooperatives Continue Growth (auf Deutsch)

July 24, 2013,  

Some 130,000 Germans have now invested 1.2 billion Euros in renewable energy cooperatives capable of generating 580 million kWh per year. Half of the investment is in solar, 40% in wind. More than...

Category: News on Community Power

Community Energy in the UK: A review of the evidence

July 11, 2013,   by Department of Energy & Climate Change

The Government recognises that there are a number of potential benefits of community energy. In June 2012, DECC Minister Greg Barker announced that the Government would launch a Community Energy...

Category: News on Community Power

SolarShare Poised to Become Largest Solar Power Cooperative in North America

July 10, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

SolarShare announced 8 July that the Ontario Power Authority has awarded it 4.9 MW in new feed-in tariff contracts. Combined with existing installations and projects currently underway, the new...[more]

Category: Solar Electricity Rebels (Stromrebellen)

Zoo Poo Power Wins Ontaraio FIT Contract

July 4, 2013,  

First cooperative biogas plant in Canada--and likely in North America as well--wins 500 kW contract from the Ontario Power Authority to build plant at the Toronto Zoo.

Category: News on Community Power

More community energy projects to get support under Feed-in Tariffs

July 3, 2013,   by Department of Energy & Climate Change

Aspiring communities across the nation will be able to receive Feed-in Tariff (FITs) payments for the clean green energy generated by larger community energy projects, under new plans set out by the...

Category: Great Britain, News on Community Power

Globe & Mail: One small town wind farm, 286 owners

July 2, 2013,   by RICHARD BLACKWEL

This little wind farm, about 15 km from Tatamagouche, is just one of dozens in Nova Scotia, hundreds in Canada, and thousands around the world. But it is also highly unusual in that it is owned by...

Category: News on Community Power

CleanTechnica: Community Power: What’s In A Name?

July 1, 2013,   by Jasmine Shepard and Linda Barrera

In recent months, there has been a surge of activity surrounding community power policy and initiatives in the United States. This year alone we can expect 200 megawatts of community solar, up from...

Category: News on Community Power

Urban Wind Another Example--Union City Indiana

June 29, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

I've written before about what is real "urban wind" and in that article I've sited several examples. There are so many examples of functioning, productive "urban wind" worldwide that I don't bother...[more]

Category: Rooftop & Urban Wind, News on Community Power

Reneawables International: The Energy transition cheaper with citizen investments

June 14, 2013,   by Craig Morris

Outsiders sometimes claim that Germany's energy transition comes at a high price, with a tremendous impact on the poor. In reality, Germany is giving its citizens a way of safely investing even...

Category: News on Community Power

Renewables International: Unleashing the force of citizen investors

June 13, 2013,   by Craig Morris

Americans continue to underestimate the importance of community ownership in the renewables sector. A recent article at Think Progress is the latest example. But one significant number was left out...

Category: News on Community Power

Renew Economy: Victoria wind farm breakthrough, with pioneering share structure

June 12, 2013,   by Giles Parkinson

A small 5-turbine wind farm project with an innovative share ownership model has become the first wind energy project in the state of Victoria to receive council approval in recent years.

Category: News on Community Power

Telegraph: Power to the people – and to their homes

June 7, 2013,   by Telegraph View

The story of wind turbine development in this country might be less fractious had the last Labour government encouraged a community-based approach from the outset . . .

Category: News on Community Power

Renewables International: 8 MW of Community Owned Solar Launched in Bavaria

May 14, 2013,   by Craig Morris

Yesterday, we reported on the completion of the largest solar array in Baden-Württemberg, which is also largely owned by local citizens. In nearby Bavaria, a developer of PV arrays has now also...

Category: News on Community Power

Renewables International: Community ownership of 7.8 MW solar farm

May 13, 2013,   by Craig Morris

At the beginning of the month, the largest solar project in Baden-Württemberg was connected to the grid. Its ownership structure is typical of such projects in Germany – and could serve as an example...

Category: News on Community Power, News on Solar Energy

Launch of Largest Community-Owned Wind Plant in Bavaria

May 5, 2013,   by BWE

The citizen-owned wind farm is capable of generating 40 million kWh annually from the 19 MW project and has become a beacon for community ownership in Bavaria. The eight Nordex turbines are owned by...

Category: News on Community Power

Guardian: Brittany villages blazing a trail in energy self-sufficiency

May 5, 2013,   by Hervé Kempf

The co-operative investment company Cigale was established in 2008, and there are now 127 individuals who collectively own a 30% share in the venture. But the participatory windfarm is just one...

Category: News on Community Power

Niagara: Local co-operative looks to spin out 12 megawatts of power

May 2, 2013,   by Amanda Moore

A new association is prepared to submit at least 15 applications for wind projects, including at least one in Niagara, when the government opens the next window for its Feed-in-Tariff program. . .

Category: News on Community Power

Energy from the Heavens: Franz Alt on Wind Energy

May 1, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

Theologian, popular author, renewables activist, TV personality, Franz Alt is something of a phenomenon in Germany. Unfortunately for us Anglophones, Alt writes only in German. So it was a pleasant...[more]

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Community Power and Wind Energy & the Environment en Francais

Ottawa energy co-op connects third solar project to grid

April 4, 2013,   by Aaron L. Pop

Ottawa’s first energy co-op has announced it connected its third 10-kilowatt solar project to the grid on Wednesday. . .

Category: News on Community Power

Canadian Auto Workers Owned and Operated Wind Turbine Begins Operation in Port Elgin, Ontario

March 25, 2013,  

"This is an important day as the start-up of this wind turbine marks an environmental milestone for our union - this is the first union owned and operated wind turbine in Canada," said CAW President...

Category: News on Community Power

Le Parc éolien Pierre-De Saurel

March 21, 2013,  

Le Parc éolien Pierre-De Saurel est un projet 100 % communautaire résolument tourné vers le développement durable. Il permettra de diversifier les sources de revenus de la MRC et de vitaliser...

Category: News on Community Power

Putting the Energy Transition into the Hands of Citizens

March 21, 2013,  

Charter for the campaign to put control of Germany's Engergiwende into the hands of the people. . .

Category: News on Community Power

Saskatoon Community Wind

March 21, 2013,  

We are a community-led initiative. We want to build a 10-turbine wind farm which will be developed and owned by thousands of individuals from the Saskatoon region.

Category: News on Community Power

Write to your MP to demand a decent deal for community renewables!

March 20, 2013,   by Dave Toke

You can see some arguments in favour of a 'Fixed' Feed-in Tariff on the FOE website, http://www.foe.co.uk/blog/energy_bill_will_give_more_38654.html, and a report I wrote for Friends of the Earth on...

Category: Renewable Energy, News on Community Power

IGov: Something stirring down on the farm

March 18, 2013,   by Matthew Lockwood

Out of sight of the mass of people living in towns and cities, a quiet revolution is underway in the British countryside as more and more farmers are investing in renewable energy. According to the...

Category: News on Community Power

CBD: Tiny German village a model in country's energy revolution

March 8, 2013,   by Karen Pauls

Category: News on Community Power

Sierra Magazine Discovers Community Power

February 25, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

The magazine of the Sierra Club, the largest grassroots environmental group in the US, laudably featured community solar in a recent issue, but they missed the broader picture. . .[more]

Category: News on Community Power

Renewables International: Community ownership of grids

February 14, 2013,   by Craig Morris

The government of the northernmost German state of Schleswig-Holstein and grid operator Tennet have launched a unique project to combat NIMBYism against new power lines. Now, citizens will be able to...

Category: News on Community Power

University of Oregon: Community Solar Tool

January 1, 2013,  

Thinking about starting a community solar project? No matter what your project’s stage of development, the Community Solar Tool (CST) can help you. . .

Category: News on Solar Energy, News on Community Power

Nordfriesland--Germany's Community Wind Capital

December 21, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

The model community of Friedrich-Wilhelm-Lübke-Koog is located within the kreis or county of Nordfriesland in the North German state of Schleswig-Holstein. Nordfriesland has 166,000 inhabitants...[more]

Category: Solar Electricity Rebels (Stromrebellen)

Community-Owned Renewables in Germany's Friedrich-Wilhelm-Lübke-Koog

December 21, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

Pioneers of the Bürger (Citizen's) Wind Movement A model for a Renewable Future and an Engaged Population The Friedrich-Wilhelm-Lübke-Koog is a polder in the far northwest corner of Germany, near...[more]

Category: Solar Electricity Rebels (Stromrebellen)

Guardian: German energy consumers transform into local energy providers

December 18, 2012,  

Long before Germany decided to decommission its nuclear plants, its people were changing their relationship with energy. . .

Category: News on Community Power

Community Wind Power: Local Energy for Local People by BWE--A Review

December 16, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

In a densely populated country like Germany, wind turbines as a consequence are installed near people, as are all other forms of infrastructure. That's one of the most striking observations North...[more]

Category: News on Community Power, book Reviews

Community Power Update for North America 2012

December 16, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

Community wind energy as found in continental Europe represents an extremely small niche market in North America, despite more than a decade of effort by proponents in Canada and the USA. Community...[more]

Category: News on Community Power

Danish Wind Turbine Owners Association 2012 Update

December 12, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

On a recent pilgrimage-and that's the only word for it-to Denmark in September we stopped by the Danmarks Vindmølleforening (the Danish Wind Turbine Owners Association) to visit my colleagues Asbjørn...[more]

Category: News on Large Wind, News on Community Power

Quebec Community Wind Projects 2012

December 10, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

In a colloquium at the 2012 Husum wind conference, there was a brief report on the progress of community wind in Quebec. By a rather loose definition of "community wind" to include municipal...[more]

Category: News on Community Power

Preben Maegaard on the Bermuda Economy 2012

December 10, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

This past September we stopped by the Folkecenter for Renewable Energy in a swing through Jutland. There we met with Preben Maegaard, longtime director of the Folkecenter and one of the pioneers of...[more]

Category: Solar Electricity Rebels (Stromrebellen)

For the energy revolution to be a success: Invest into renewable energy!

December 4, 2012,   by Philippe Vachette

Presentation by Energie Partagée to a conference on community power in France & Germany in Lyon, France. . .

Category: News on Community Power

Photovoltaics in the municipality VG Arzfeld

December 4, 2012,   by Andreas Kruppert

Presentation on the village of Arzfeld in Germany that generates 300% more electricity than they consumer by solar PV that they own together. . .

Category: News on Community Power

Solar PV, Local Communities and Citizens--Cornerstones of the Energy Revolution

December 4, 2012,   by Daniel Belon

Presentation on the development of community-owned renewable energy in France. . .

Category: News on Community Power

Renewables International: German energy coops hold first national meeting

November 20, 2012,   by Craig Morris

Perhaps the biggest difference between the way Germany is switching to renewables and the way many other countries are doing so (China, the US, the UK, France, etc.) is the focus on citizen...

Category: News on Community Power

Reuters: France needs more local power for green energy shift

November 14, 2012,  

A failure to empower local authorities on energy issues in the next few years could put a brake on its ambition to cut the share of nuclear power in the electricity mix to 50 percent by 2025, down...

Category: News on Community Power

Bloomberg: Germany Gives Citizens a Stake in Clean Energy Switch

November 14, 2012,  

"Our big utilities completely ignored renewables," he explained. "In the beginning, the Energiewende was driven almost entirely by individuals. Over half of our renewable power is still produced by...

Category: News on Community Power, Germany FIT

Greg Pahl's Power from the People--A review

November 13, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

Greg Pahl's Power from the People is an inspirational guide to the burgeoning community power movement. His case studies of people who are making a difference is often a tale of endurance and...[more]

Category: book Reviews, Solar Electricity Rebels (Stromrebellen)

Co-operative energy benefits highlighted

November 2, 2012,  

Growing numbers of local communities are launching their own renewable energy co-operatives in an effort to slash the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions, the Guardian reported. . .

Category: News on Community Power

Guardian: Community energy is on the up. But will the government hobble it?

October 29, 2012,  

Government energy reforms could make it impossible for new community energy projects to scale up . . .

Category: News on Community Power

ICM: Community owned renewable energy

October 19, 2012,  

Of the 2027 GB adults interviewed 68% said they would be likely to support local renewable energy projects, including wind turbines, if they were 100% owned and controlled by the community with all...

Category: News on Community Power, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Manifesto published to accelerate ‘community energy revolution’

October 18, 2012,  

A high-profile alliance of charities, co-operatives and organisations has published a manifesto to help advance community-owned renewable energy in the UK. . .

Category: News on Community Power

Euractiv: Power to the people: The community-based energy transition in Europe

October 16, 2012,  

Generating all energy from renewable sources is no longer a pipe dream in Europe. From Denmark to Austria, we can see examples of a successful energy transition. Germany is clearly seen as the...

Category: News on Community Power

Power to the people: Community-based energy transition surest and most effective strategy for the European energy sector

October 10, 2012,  

“In order to see developments in Europe similar to those we have experienced in Germany and Denmark we need national political frameworks that enable citizens and municipalities to profit from this...

Category: News on Community Power

Presentation by Paul Gipe for the International Titanium Association on the Renewable Electricity Revolution-

October 9, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

Category: Solar Electricity Rebels (Stromrebellen), News on Solar Energy, News on Wind Energy, Presentations by Paul Gipe

Germany's Unlikely Renewable Energy Revolutionaries

October 8, 2012,   by Paul Hockenos

For the most part, Germany’s new energy producers are home owners, small and medium-sided businesses, and farmers, many of the latter who faced ruin only a decade ago. At the heart of Germany’s...

Category: Solar Electricity Rebels (Stromrebellen)

Renewables International: Why Denmark is so successful with renewables

October 4, 2012,   by Craig Morris

Proponents of renewables around the world rightly look to Germany to see how things can be done. Germans themselves often look to Denmark. What do the Danes do differently? . .

Category: News on Community Power

Rabble: The growth of community-owned green energy in Canada

September 27, 2012,  

Community power was given a boost this summer with the release of the second round of Nova Scotia's Community Feed-In Tariff (COMFIT) projects on July 9, 2012 and Ontario's FIT 2.0 Program Rules on...

Category: News on Community Power

Rabble: The growth of community-owned green energy in Canada

September 27, 2012,  

Community power was given a boost this summer with the release of the second round of Nova Scotia's Community Feed-In Tariff (COMFIT) projects on July 9, 2012 and Ontario's FIT 2.0 Program Rules on...

Category: News on Community Power

Presentation by Paul Gipe on Electricity Rebels University of Aalborg

September 12, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

Category: Solar Electricity Rebels (Stromrebellen), Presentations by Paul Gipe

Troy Media: Ontario's Green Energy Revolution Started with a Single Wind Turbine

September 10, 2012,  

Toronto Renewable Energy Cooperative's Lone Wind Turbine in Urban Toronto Started a Debate on the Future of Electricity in Ontario. . .

Category: News on Community Power

LBNL: The Impact of Wind Development on County-Level Income and Employment: A Review of Methods and an Empirical Analysis (Fact Sheet)

September 1, 2012,  

Locally-owned projects provide more than double the economic benefit of absentee owned wind projects. . .

Category: News on Community Power

Living from the air of the sky: The first citizen’s owned wind turbine in Catalonia

August 28, 2012,   by Josep Puig

On March 10th, 2009 a special event took place in Barcelona: the 25th anniversary of the commissioning of the first modern wind turbine connected to the grid: the Ecotècnia 12/15, installed in...

Category: News on Community Power

Renewables International Craig Morris: Community ownership & Crowdfunding for renewables

August 27, 2012,  

Although the average PV array size in Germany is growing, arrays that might be considered commercial or utility-scale in other countries are generally still owned by citizens in Germany. Now, a...

Category: News on Community Power

Ottawa Renewable Energy Cooperative Completes First Preference Share Offering!

August 27, 2012,  

OREC closed its first preference share offering on August 27, 2012. Over $900,000 was subscribed which will now be invested in already approved FIT solar projects in 2012. . .

Category: News on Community Power

Helsingin Sanomat: Citizen-owned wind power plant set up in Kemi Finsland

August 17, 2012,  

The wind power company founded by the residents of the Vojakkala village has 108 shareholders, most of whom actually live in Southern Finland. . .

Category: Finland FIT, News on Community Power

Mike Barnard: Want to save 70 million birds a year? Build more wind farms

August 10, 2012,   by Mike Barnard

Wind turbines are often criticised for killing birds. Fights against siting wind turbines in bird migration corridors or in bird habitat are frequent. Highly inflammatory language is used by...

Category: Community Power and Wind Energy & the Environment en Francais

Orangeville Citizen: Doctors support turbines, criticize fossil, nuclear options

August 9, 2012,  

The Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE) is describing Health Canada’s study of health impacts from wind turbines as “superfluous (and) a waste of time and a waste of public...

Category: Community Power and Wind Energy & the Environment en Francais, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Community power co-ops join forces in Ontario’s green energy struggle

July 31, 2012,  

By unifying the co-op sector under one umbrella, setting standards and sharing resources, the Federation expects to support at least 100 MW of community-controlled projects by 2015. . .

Category: News on Community Power

Community power co-ops join forces in Ontario’s green energy struggle

July 31, 2012,  

By unifying the co-op sector under one umbrella, setting standards and sharing resources, the Federation expects to support at least 100 MW of community-controlled projects by 2015. . .

Category: News on Community Power

Solar farm co-operative raises £2m in Swindon

July 16, 2012,  

Just three weeks after a share offer opened for the UK’s largest cooperatively owned solar farm more than two million pounds has been raised – more than £95,000 a day! . . The solar farm was up and...

Category: News on Community Power

WWEC 2012: A birds-eye view of community renewable energy development around the world

July 14, 2012,  

The focus and presentations on community power suggested that support and investment in the community renewable energy sector is broadly on the rise, with representatives from no less than twenty one...

Category: News on Community Power

Making Community Power Happen: The progress report and findings on Japanese Community Power

July 5, 2012,   by Shota FURUYA, Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies

Presentation on the status of community power in Japan at the WWEC in Bonn 2-5 July 2012. . .

Category: News on Community Power

Promoting community renewable energy in a corporate energy world: new policy developments in the UK

July 5, 2012,   by Peter Strachan & Richard Cowell

Presentation on Scotland's a target of 500MW of community and locally-owned renewable energy by 2020 at the WWEC in Bonn 3-5 July 2012 . . .

Category: News on Community Power

The current state of community renewable energy in Scotland

July 5, 2012,   by Anna Harnmeijer

Presentation on community power in Scotland the WWEC in Bonn 3-5 July 2012. . .

Category: News on Community Power

Deutsche Welle: Town turns wind power into community business

July 4, 2012,  

Germany’s shift toward alternative energy has seen wind parks pop up around the country. Not everyone wants a power plant in their own backyard. But in Schlalach, the wind park has become a part of...

Category: News on Community Power

Britain's Westmill Coop To Launch Solar Share Offering

June 11, 2012,  

Westmill solar farm, just outside Swindon, is on the verge of becoming the first community owned and community led solar farm in the UK. . .

Category: News on Community Power

Mount Alexander Community Wind

June 5, 2012,  

Mount Alexander Community Wind is a community driven project seeking to establish a locally owned and operated wind plant to supply a significant portion of the energy needs of our Shire. Clean...

Category: News on Community Power

Aaron Bartley: Community Power vs. the Kochs

June 5, 2012,  

In Germany, where the stranglehold of corporate energy has been loosened, renewables now comprise 20 percent, of national energy production, thanks to national policies such as feed-in tariffs which...

Category: News on Community Power

"The conventional energy sector is running scared": An interview with Paul Gipe

March 30, 2012,  

Category: News on Wind Energy, Community Power and Wind Energy & the Environment en Francais

Australian Community Wind Project Underway

January 31, 2012,  

Category: News on Community Power

Community Wind: A Review of Select State and Federal Policy Incentives

January 31, 2012,   by Jessica A. Shoemaker Christy and Anderson Brekken

Category: News on Community Power

"Citizen Power" Conference to be held in Historic Chamber Where World's First Feed-in Law Was Enacted

January 5, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

International Community Power Conference Set for 3-5 July in Bonn, Germany 51% of German Renewables Now Owned by Its Own Citizens[more]

Category: Germany FIT, News on Community Power

CAW leads renewable energy sector with Ontario’s first union-owned wind project

January 1, 2012,  

Ontario’s first 100% union-owned wind energy project breaks ground November 29, 2011, led by the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) union. Located at their Family Education Centre in Port Elgin, the single...[more]

Category: News on Community Power

Great Britain: The Benefits of Microgeneration and the Feed-in Tariff-

December 1, 2011,  

Category: News on Community Power, News on Feed in Tariffs

Craig Morris: Citizen-owned green power in Germany

November 12, 2011,   by Craig Morris

In the US, the growth of renewables remains largely dependent on the involvement of utilities, with average Americans not able to become power producers. Not so in Germany, whose Big Four utilities...[more]

Category: News on Community Power

This is Money: How Community Energy Projects Pay Healthy Divdends in the UK

October 23, 2011,   by Stephen Womack

Category: News on Community Power

Local Acceptance of Wind Energy: a Case Study from Southern Germany

October 1, 2011,   by Fabian David Musall and Onno Kuik

Category: News on Community Power

Jerusalem Post: Cooperative Wind Plants in the Golan Heights to use Feed-in Tariffs

August 24, 2011,   by Sharon Udasin

Category: News on Community Power

Australian Community-owned wind plant powers up

August 1, 2011,   by Sue White

Category: News on Community Power

Dardesheim: Germany's Renewable Energy Town

June 22, 2011,   by Paul Gipe

There are less than 1,000 souls in the town of Dardesheim. But the village and its 80,000 neighbors in the county of Halberstadt in the former East Germany have an expansive spirit. They want to...[more]

Category: News on Solar Energy, News on Community Power

Solarserver: Conergy builds 2.2MW solar PV park in northern Germany in record time

April 15, 2011,  

Category: Germany FIT, News on Community Power, News on Solar Energy

Brewery to host UK’s first community-owned power station

April 6, 2011,  

Category: News on Community Power

Who Invented the Solar Feed-in Tariff (FIT)? --Or What We Can Learn From Aachen's Success in Harnessing Clean Energy

March 24, 2011,   by Bob Johnstone

The solar industry is booming. During the past decade PV shipments have grown by three orders of magnitude. In 2010 shipments were up over a hundred percent on 2009. How to account for this explosive...[more]

Category: News on Solar Energy, Solar Electricity Rebels (Stromrebellen)

Powerful – Energy for Everyone

March 18, 2011,   by Powerful – Energy for Everyone

Category: News on Community Power

Community Power Report Calls for FITs in California

February 23, 2011,   by Paul Gipe

Suggests Feed-in Tariff Design Best Practice[more]

Category: News on Community Power, News on Feed in Tariffs

Growing a Green Economy for All

February 23, 2011,   by Al Weinrub

A recent report from the Democracy Collaborative at the University of Maryland, called Growing a Green Economy for All: From Green Jobs to Green Ownership, has a host of information about initiatives...[more]

Category: News on Community Power

North German State to Double Wind Energy on Land

February 21, 2011,   by Paul Gipe

Conservatives Increasing New Renewables from 50% to 100% of Electricity Highest Concentration of Wind in Germany--Most Locally Owned As Much Wind Generation as California[more]

Category: Germany FIT, News on Large Wind, News on Community Power

Reuters: Medieval Italian town blows hot on wind power

October 19, 2010,   by Eleanor Biles

Category: News on Community Power

New Regulations Encourage Community-Based Renewable Projects in Nova Scotia-

October 15, 2010,  

Category: News on Community Power

Landowner's Guide to Wind Energy in Alberta

September 1, 2010,   by Tim Weis, Alex Doukas, and Kristi Anderson

This guide is for landowners in Alberta who are considering wind energy projects on their land. Whether you are interested in erecting and owning your own wind turbine, leasing land to...

Category: Landowner Easements & Royalty Payments, News on Large Wind

New Brunswick Community Wind Projects Getting to the Tipping Point

August 10, 2010,  

Category: News on Community Power

German Renewable Energy Experience Offers Lessons for U.S. Farmers

July 29, 2010,  

Category: News on Community Power

BBC: Italian town's wind farm windfall (Tocco Da Casauria)

February 12, 2010,   by Duncan Kennedy

That creates a profit of nearly 170,000 euros (£144,000, $227,000) a year and it is that money which is being pumped back into local services, enabling everything from street-cleaning and school...

Category: News on Community Power

Status of Social Economy Provision of Wind Electric Energy in Alberta

January 4, 2010,   by Julie MacArthur

Category: News on Community Power

Lessons & Concepts for Advancing Community Wind

December 1, 2009,  

Category: News on Community Power

NREL: Economic Development Impacts of Community Wind Projects: A April 2009 Review and Empirical Evaluation

May 4, 2009,   by E. Lantz and S. Tegen

Category: News on Community Power

Economic Development Impacts of Community Wind Projects:

May 4, 2009,   by E. Lantz and S. Tegen

Category: News on Community Power

Wind of Change: Enabling Power to the People

April 16, 2009,   by Carolyn Jack

Category: News on Community Power

Wind of Change: Enabling Power to the People

April 16, 2009,   by Carolyn Jack

Category: USA FIT, News on Community Power

Tax Reform and Community Based Renewable Energy

February 5, 2009,   by John Farrell

Category: News on Community Power

Community Based Energy Development (C-BED) Legislation in Minnesota

January 20, 2009,   by Paul Gipe

  Minnesota's State Senate passed a bill with the C-BED proposal in May, 2005. The measure passed the Assembly on May 19, 2005 and has since been signed by the Governor. As of early 2006, electric...[more]

Category: Minnesota FIT , News on Community Power

Wind Turbine Land Leases, Landowner Guides, Wind Energy Royalties

January 20, 2009,   by Paul Gipe

There are a several sources of information for landowners on the typical terms and conditions for leasing land for wind energy development. The newest is by the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association...[more]

Category: News on Large Wind, Landowner Easements & Royalty Payments

French Community Solar with Feed-in Tariffs--Énergie renouvelable citoyenne 2010

January 1, 2009,  

Category: News on Community Power

French Community Solar with Feed-in Tariffs

January 1, 2009,  

Énergie renouvelable citoyenne 2010

Category: France FIT, News on Community Power

A Land Rush in Wyoming Spurred by Wind Power

November 27, 2008,   by Felicity Barringer, NYT

A quiet land rush is under way among the buttes of southeastern Wyoming, and it is changing the local rancher culture. The whipping winds cursed by descendants of the original homesteaders now have...

Category: Landowner Easements & Royalty Payments

New Brunswick Community Wind Report Comments by CanWEA

November 19, 2008,   by Robert Hornung

Category: New Brunswick FIT, News on Community Power

New Brunswick Community Wind Report and Comments

October 29, 2008,   by Paul Gipe

The province of New Brunswick has issued a report on its consultations about community wind. The REPORT, Oct. 16 2008 - Community Wind Energy Program by consultants from the Université de Moncton...[more]

Category: News on Community Power, New Brunswick FIT

In Germany, ruddy-cheeked farmers achieve (green) energy independence

August 21, 2008,   by Mariah Blake

Category: News on Community Power

Gipe Receives 2008 World Wind Energy Award

July 10, 2008,   by Paul Gipe

The World Wind Energy Association presented its 2008 World Wind Energy Award to Paul Gipe at its 7th annual conference. The trade association also elected Gipe to its board of directors. Gipe shared...[more]

Category: News on Community Power

The Island in the Wind: A Danish community’s victory over carbon emissions (Samsø)

July 7, 2008,   by Elizabeth Kolbert, the New Yorker

Category: News on Community Power

Community Supported Wind Power

June 1, 2008,   by Greg Pahl

Category: News on Community Power

Comments on New Brunswick's Community Wind Initiative

April 4, 2008,   by Paul Gipe

Category: News on Community Power

Advantages of Community Energy Projects

March 4, 2008,   by Tam Hunt

Category: News on Community Power

Local ownership urged for energy projects in Minnesota

January 15, 2008,   by H.J. Cummins

  http://www.startribune.com/business/13823711.html A legislator's plan to encourage small, local energy projects in Minnesota borrows from Germany's experience. By H.J. CUMMINS, Star Tribune A...[more]

Category: Minnesota FIT , News on Community Power

Beating Swords into Wind Turbines–or Solar Panels if You Like

December 29, 2007,   by Paul Gipe

1% to 38% of supply[more]

Category: News on Wind Energy, News on Community Power

L’éolien: Pour qui souffle le vent?

June 11, 2007,   by Paul Gipe

  Collectif sous la direction de Roméo Bouchard avec Jean-Louis Chaumel, Pierre Dubuc, Paul Gipe, Gaétan Ruest, et Gabriel Ste-Marie. ISBN 978-2-923165-31-8 Prix :14 $ 128 pages The following...[more]

Category: News on Community Power

People Power, Danish-style: Why European and American winds blow in opposite directions

June 1, 2007,   by Bernhard Poetter

Category: News on Community Power

Bürgerbeteiligung (Coop) Windenergiepark Udenhausen-Mariendorf

June 1, 2007,  

Update 2006. In June 2007, the owners of Windenergiepark Udenhausen-Mariendorf will celebrate paying off the ten-year loan on the turbines. If you're in the vicinity of Kassel, you may want to join...[more]

Category: News on Community Power

Farmers’ Guide to Wind Energy: Legal Issues in Farming the Wind

June 1, 2007,   by FLAG

This book serves as a guide to the many legal issues faced by farmers and rural landowners who seek to develop wind energy projects. . .

Category: Landowner Easements & Royalty Payments, News on Large Wind

Freiburg's Solar Siedlung (Settlement)

April 7, 2007,   by Paul Gipe

Craig Morris, author of Energy Switch, recently gave me a whirlwind tour of the Solar Siedlung in Freiburg, Germany. The Solar Siedlung (settlement or subdivision in German) and its accompanying...[more]

Category: News on Community Power, News on Solar Energy

The Aachen Solar Tariff Model

April 7, 2007,   by Paul Gipe

In the early 1990s the city of Aachen (Aix-en-Chapelle) Germany set the world of solar energy on its ear. Until that time development of solar PV depended entirely on direct and substantial...[more]

Category: News on Solar Energy, Solar Electricity Rebels (Stromrebellen)

German Solar PV for Free Says Walter Fischer

April 3, 2007,   by Paul Gipe

Category: News on Solar Energy, News on Community Power

Co-operative Development in a Competitive World

April 1, 2007,   by Russ Christianson

Category: News on Community Power

Wind Energy Cooperative Development in Anglophone Canada

March 1, 2007,   by Paul Gipe

Category: News on Community Power

American Energy Independence through Cooperative Investment in Wind Energy

January 21, 2007,   by Mike Kendall

The following is a response to an article written by Paul Gipe in July 2005 titled Beating Swords into Wind Turbines-or Solar Panels if You Like that argued if an equivalent amount of money had...[more]

Category: News on Wind Energy, News on Community Power

New Association of Wind Cooperatives Forms in Québec

January 4, 2007,   by Paul Gipe

A consortium of cooperatives developing wind projects in Québecé has formed a new association that expects to participate in the province's call for tender. The new group hopes to reduce the tension...[more]

Category: News on Community Power

The Citizen Powered Energy Handbook: Community Solutions to a Global Crisis

December 18, 2006,   by Paul Gipe

Greg Pahl's idea of shifting the debate from Not In My Back Yard to Please, In My Back Yard with community ownership is an idea whose time has come. That's the central theme of his The Citizen...[more]

Category: book Reviews, News on Community Power

Vingesus--Whisper of Wings

December 1, 2006,   by Paul Gipe and Nancy Nies

Ok, we liked this book because it has lots of pictures: pictures of wind turbines, pictures of people, pictures of a Danish table cloth, all sorts of pictures. We admit it. We also liked it because...[more]

Category: book Reviews, News on Community Power

EPR ou ENR: Abécédaire pour y voir clair

September 20, 2006,  

Category: News on Community Power, Community Power and Wind Energy & the Environment en Francais

LA NOUVELLE POLITIQUE ÉNERGÉTIQUE VS LES PROJETS ÉOLIENS EN QUEBEC

May 5, 2006,   by Gaëtan Ruest

Amqui, Quebec, Canada, vendredi le 5 mai 2006 OPINION Source : Gaëtan Ruest ing. Maire d'Amqui Cell : 418 629 7334 La nouvelle politique énergétique annoncée hier par le Gouvernement du Québec et...[more]

Category: News on Community Power

Royalty Revenue Calculator for Wind Energy.xls

March 28, 2006,   by Paul Gipe

Spreadsheet for calculating royalty revenues from wind leases. . .

Category: Landowner Easements & Royalty Payments

Wind Energy Royalty Revenue Calculator (qpw)

March 28, 2006,   by Paul Gipe

Spreadsheet for calculating royalty revenues from wind leases. . .

Category: Landowner Easements & Royalty Payments

Accroître Les Possibilités en Matière D'Energie Renouvelable en Ontario

March 21, 2006,   by Ontario Ministère de l'Energie

COMMUNIQUÉS Version Original Ontario Ministère de l'Energie Pour diffusion immédiate Relations avec les médias 416 314-8975 Le 21 mars 2006 De nouveaux prix standards permettront d'ajouter...[more]

Category: News on Community Power, Canada FIT

Strom Rebels of Schönau: The Village That Built Their Own Solar Utility

March 2, 2006,   by Paul Gipe

Alt captured that rebellious spirit in his inspiring tale of the small town of Schönau and how residents built a solar utility in the deep recesses of Germany's Schwartzwald--the Black Forest of...[more]

Category: News on Solar Energy, Solar Electricity Rebels (Stromrebellen), News on Community Power

Toronto's WindShare Coop

February 24, 2006,   by Paul Gipe

North America's first truly urban wind turbine is located on the grounds of the Canadian National Exposition, the CNE or "ExPlace" to locals. While urban siting of commercial wind turbines is common...[more]

Category: News on Community Power

WindShare Performance Table

February 24, 2006,   by Paul Gipe

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Category: News on Community Power

Wolfgang Paulsen, Bohmstedt, and Butendiek

February 22, 2006,   by Paul Gipe

  Wolfgang Paulsen is one of the owners of a Bürger wind project in the far northwest of Schleswig-Holstein near the Danish border. The community of Bohmstedt comprises a grand total of 650 people,...[more]

Category: News on Community Power

Josef Pesch--Strom Rebel of Freiburg

February 20, 2006,   by Paul Gipe

Pesch was named a strom (electricity) rebel by Elektritzitätswerke Schönau (EWS) in 2005 and that was a good reason for paying him a visit. The good folks at EWS know strom rebels when they see them....[more]

Category: News on Solar Energy, Solar Electricity Rebels (Stromrebellen), News on Community Power

Samsø: Denmark's Renewable Energy Island

February 19, 2006,   by Paul Gipe

  Samsø is a 112 square kilometers island off the east coast of Denmark's Jutland peninsula. Home to 4,300 residents, the island is unique in the annals of renewable energy because it was the first...[more]

Category: News on Community Power

Observations on Bürgerbeteiligung--German Share Cooperatives--by Henning Holst

February 19, 2006,   by Paul Gipe

  I first met Henning Holst in the late 1980s or early 1990s when he was developing citizen-owned wind projects in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany's northernmost länder. Holst's office was then, and is...[more]

Category: News on Community Power

Landowner Leases & Royalty Payments

February 19, 2006,   by Paul Gipe

An overview of royalty payments for wind energy in selected countries. . .[more]

Category: Landowner Easements & Royalty Payments

Le Haut des Ailes: France's First Large-Scale Cooperative Wind Plant

February 15, 2006,   by Paul Gipe

Some of the RePower turbines in Le Haut des Ailes near Igny, Lorraine, France. Photo by Paul Gipe We were cautiously threading our way through the fog on the A33 from Strasbourg to Nancy...[more]

Category: News on Community Power

Guide de L'Étude D'Impact sur L'Environment des Parcs Éoliens

January 1, 2006,   by ADEME

Category: News on Community Power

Paul Gipe Colloque sur L'Energie Eolienne, Rimouski, Quebec, Version Francaise

December 8, 2005,   by Paul Gipe

Category: News on Community Power

Community wind power in Europe and in the UK

August 20, 2005,   by David Toke

Category: News on Community Power

Danish Wind Co-ops Can Show Us the Way

August 3, 2005,   by Russ Christainson

Category: News on Community Power

Wind Turbine Envy and Land Lease Pooling

April 20, 2005,   by Paul Gipe

Often in North America wind project developers lease land from individual landowners. Developers lease land to install their wind turbines or ancillary structures such as roads, transformers,...[more]

Category: Landowner Easements & Royalty Payments

Let the Sun Shine on Ontario's Electricity Bill

August 2, 2004,   by Paul Gipe

  An edited version of the article appeared in the August 11, 2004 edition of the Globe & Mail page A13. The Glob & Mail is one of two national English language newspapers in Canada. It is...[more]

Category: News on Community Power

Local Investment in Renewable Energy

July 23, 2004,   by Predac

Category: News on Community Power

Island to Build Scotland's First Community-Owned Wind Farm

June 22, 2004,  

  The following is a press release from the Highlands and Islands Enterprise consortium. Scotland's first community-owned wind farm will boost the regeneration of an island owned by its...[more]

Category: News on Community Power

Farming the Wind for Electricity

April 26, 2004,   by Paul Gipe

  The following article by Paul Gipe appeared in the April 26, 2004 edition of the Toronto Star. The Toronto Star is the largest circulation newspaper in Canada and is the newspaper of record in...[more]

Category: News on Community Power

Eiffel et Zéphirin Phébus même combat

April 8, 2004,   by Zéphirin Phébus

Category: News on Community Power

Les Protocoles et Études D'Impact Applicables Lors de L'Installation D'Aérogénérateurs en Lorraine

April 1, 2004,   by Centre Ornithologique Lorrain

Category: News on Community Power

Explaining wind power planning outcomes: Some findings from a study in England and Wales

March 21, 2004,   by David Toke

  Available online 21 March 2004. by Dave Toke Department of Sociology, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK The full paper is available for purchas from Elevier. For an...[more]

Category: News on Community Power

A Survey of State Support for Community Wind Power Development

March 1, 2004,   by Paul Gipe

Category: News on Community Power

Community Wind:The Third Way

January 1, 2004,   by Paul Gipe

    Portions of the following have been adapted from Wind Power: Renewable Energy for Home, Farm, and Business, published by Chelsea Green, 2004. Wind can be-is today-a producer of bulk...[more]

Category: News on Community Power

Community Wind: Margam Wind Energy Clusters

June 2, 2003,   by Paul Gipe

Margam Wind Energy Clusters Appeal Ref: APP/Y6930/A/02/1103415 Appeal of Community Power Proof of Evidence by Paul Gipe Scale of Turbine The Vestas V52 turbine selected is modest in scale relative...[more]

Category: News on Community Power

Wind Energy for the Rest of US

July 10, 2001,   by Paul Gipe

A Brief Proposal for a New Wind Energy Association in the United States by Paul Gipe Need for New Organization Originally AWEA (the American Wind Energy Association) began as an advocacy group for...[more]

Category: News on Community Power

Community Wind Power Ownership Schemes in Europe and Their Relevance to the United States

May 1, 2001,   by Mark Bollinger, LBNL

Category: News on Community Power

Paderborn and the Sintfeld Community Wind Project

January 1, 2001,   by Paul Gipe

At the time of its dedication in 2001, Paderborn-Sintfeld was one of the largest wind projects in Germany. It was also by far the largest Bürger-initiative or citizen-owned wind projects as...[more]

Category: News on Community Power

Financing Distributed Wind Development 1997

January 3, 1997,   by Paul Gipe

  The following article appeared in an edited form in Independent Energy. With restructuring fever sweeping the North American utility industry, the bankruptcy of Kenetech, and the...[more]

Category: News on Community Power

Farmer Noud de Schutter

January 1, 1996,   by Paul Gipe

Noud de Schutter is president of Vereniging Windenergie Noord Holland (the wind turbine owners association of North Holland) and a farmer with 40 hectares (about 100 acres) of tilled crops (all 4...[more]

Category: News on Community Power

Community-Owned Wind Development in Germany, Denmark, and the Netherlands

January 1, 1996,   by Paul Gipe

This work was partially sponsored by the Union of Concerned Scientists, Sustainable Resources Center (Minneapolis, Minnesota), and Independent Energy Magazine. Opinions expressed are those of the...[more]

Category: News on Community Power

Cooeperatieve Windenergie Vereniging Kennemerwind

January 1, 1996,   by Paul Gipe

Kennemerwind was not the first wind cooperative in the Netherlands, but is one of the largest in number of members. (Several members of the Dutch wind fraternity own shares, including ECN's...

Category: News on Community Power

Landowner's Guide to Wind Energy In the Upper Midwest

January 1, 1995,   by Nancy Lange and William Grant

The Guide discusses how landowners can evaluate their wind resources, how they can evaluate the economics of wind power under a variety of development scenarios, and the contractual issues a...[more]

Category: News on Wind Energy, Landowner Easements & Royalty Payments

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