WHAT IS ENERGY DEMOCRATCY?

A 100% renewable energy supply for heating and electricity is already possible in the near future as is demonstrated by more and more European villages and towns.

Model calculations have shown how the European Union could produce up to 94% of its electricity from renewables sources by the middle of this century.

(Energy [R] evolution: towards a fully renewable energy supply in the eu 27, Greenpeace 2010)

In Germany, 60% of electricity production could be renewable as early as 2030, if coal is largely phased out. (Energy – the plan: Germany is renewable, Greenpeace 2011) 

Energy Democracy means the ability to make key decisions on the transition towards renewable energy in common, free from predominant profit interests.” 

that means in particular:

1. Extensive decentralization and independence from large corporate interests.
2. Distribution networks and city utilities in municipal ownership (e.g. as was proposed for Berlin www.berliner-energietisch.net/english-information
3. Moderated forums to balance different interests.
4. Participation by labour unions.

The Climate Alliance Osnabrück 2012

Energy Democracy means ensuring that everyone has access to enough energy. However, the energy must be produced in a way that it neither harms nor endangers the environmental or people. Concretely, this means leaving fossil fuels in the ground, socializing and democratizing the means of production and changing our attitude towards energy consumption.”

(German Climate Camp Lausitzcamp 2012, printed booklet 2012, own translation from German)