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Electricity Rebels (Stromrebellen)

Stromrebellen, literally electricity rebels, have driven the Energiewende in Germany. They have fomented a veritable energy revolution. These Jeffersonian rebels can serve as a model for the rest of us. Their attitude is, "Renewable energy is ours. We will develop it ourselves. And we will make money doing it." Revolutionary, indeed.

We the Power: How community energy can free people and help the planet

August 11, 2021,   by Emanuela Barbiroglio

Born and raised in the German city of Schönau, Sebastian Sladek learned the meaning of the word “community” quite soon. Words like “energy”, “power” and “rebellion” immediately followed. . . They...

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

Copenhagen’s Legendary Wind Park Middelgrunden at a Crossroads

February 10, 2021,   by Paul Hockenos

The world’s largest wind farm two decades ago may not survive as a co-operative. At least this is what the Danish energy industry says. The co-op’s founders remain defiant – and optimistic.

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

Tvindkraft: The Giant That Shook the World Turns 42

October 8, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

Guinness Book of Records is considering a new category--world's longest running or oldest megawatt-scale wind turbine. The question was thrown at me by Britta Jensen, one of the operators of...[more]

Category: News on Large Wind, Book Wind Energy for the Rest of Us, News on Community Power, Solar Electricity Rebels (Stromrebellen), History of Wind Power

‘We are the Energiewende’: German villages go 100% renewable

November 24, 2017,   by Pavol Szalai

Neuerkirch and Külz are two small villages in Western Germany – of 300 and 500 souls respectively. And yet, they feel a part of something bigger that goes even beyond the country’s energy transition,...

Category: Renewable Energy, Solar Electricity Rebels (Stromrebellen)

Bürger-Windpark Lübke-Koog 25-Year Anniversary--A Review

October 5, 2017,   by Paul Gipe

Hans-Detlef Feddersen sent me a copy of a little picture book celebrating the 25th anniversary of Bürger-Windpark Lübke-Koog. He included a DVD video of interviews with the founders of the...[more]

Category: Book Reviews of Books auf Deutsch, Reviews of Wind Books auf Deutsch, Solar Electricity Rebels (Stromrebellen), History of Wind Power, book Reviews

Störfall mit Charme—The Story of the Schönau Electricity Revolt--A Review

September 27, 2017,   by Paul Gipe

The title, Störfall mit Charme, is a playful thumbing of the nose in German at the critics of a movement by citizens in a small village in the deepest reaches of Germany’s Schwarzwald or Black Forest...[more]

Category: book Reviews, Book Reviews of Books auf Deutsch, Solar Electricity Rebels (Stromrebellen), Nuclear Power, Renewable Energy

Dueling Wind Ties in Woodstock

July 10, 2017,   by Paul Gipe

The 29 June was the “wind day” for York University’s International Renewable Energy Academy. As the featured speaker to start the day I donned one of my favorite wind tie.[more]

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

Energiewende MOOC (Massive Open Online Course)

December 6, 2016,   by Craig Morris, IASS Potsdam

28 videos on the Energiewende with an emphasis on the Electricity Rebels who sparked a renewable energy revolution in Germany.

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

From swords to solar, a German town takes control of its energy

July 28, 2016,   by Audrea Lim

The wind turbine could be the icon for the Saerbeck “Climate Community,” a champion of energy democracy that was twice awarded the European Energy Award, and received the German Sustainability Prize...

Category: Solar Electricity Rebels (Stromrebellen)

This wind and solar project could change the way Canada funds clean energy

July 11, 2016,   by Christopher Adams

As Saskatchewan promises to accelerate renewable energy, one company has proposed the European community ownership model in a move that could change the way Canada funds clean energy.

Category: Solar Electricity Rebels (Stromrebellen)

Renewable Windfall as Germany's Green Energy Meets 90 Percent of Demand

May 11, 2016,   by Lauren McCauley

Sunday's milestone was made possible because of a people-powered "energy revolution."

Category: Solar Electricity Rebels (Stromrebellen), Renewable Energy

Investors Declare Independence from Utility Takeover--Form Coop to Rescue Defunct German Wind Developer

July 3, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

In a stunning turn in the battle between corporate domination of renewable energy and community ownership, a cooperative of German investors has rescued defunct commercial wind developer Prokon.[more]

Category: Solar Electricity Rebels (Stromrebellen)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

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)

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)

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

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

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