Networking Renewable Energy Cooperatives – the experience of the European Federation REScoop.eu
The past few years, renewable energy source cooperatives (REScoops) have gained important attention from different audiences such as citizens, public authorities, civil society actors, utility companies, journalists and the academic world. This growing attention can be situated within a broader societal trend regarding the active involvement of citizens and communities in the exploitation of “common goods”, rather than passive consultation or advocacy. This is especially true for activities that relate to the overall transition towards a more sustainable society, because of the increasing importance of citizen engagement in the energy sector (prosumership; see e. g. Hellmann, in this volume) and the further expansion of renewables.
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