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Germany, Our Hamburg, Our Grid:
In September 2013, residents of Hamburg, Germany – the country’s second largest city – decided that their local electric utility should be run as a public service, rather than as a source of corporate profits. In an historic referendum, they voted to reclaim local control and ownership of their power system from the Swedish energy giant, Vattenfall, enabling the City to undertake a more ambitious transition towards local renewable energy.
The grassroots campaign that spearheaded the successful referendum, ‘Our Hamburg, Our Grid’, was supported by an alliance of over 50 groups. Read more
UK, Low Carbon Hub:
Do you feel good about where the energy you use comes from and who profits from it?
Thanks to Low Carbon Hub, more and more people in Oxfordshire, UK do. Partnering with local schools, businesses and community groups, Low Carbon Hub turns unused roof-space, fields and locks into renewable energy power stations. They do this at no cost to their partners – they raise money for their installations through community share offers. Read more
US, Evergreen Cooperative Initiative:
The Evergreen Cooperative Initiative, in Cleveland, Ohio (US), is an inspiring example of community-based economic revitalization in action. The overarching purpose of the Evergreen Initiative is to reduce poverty and inequality by building community wealth, democratizing ownership, and creating local green jobs for residents of one of the city’s high-unemployment, low-income neighborhoods. Read more
US, New Energy Economy:
New Energy Economy (NEE) is an initiative in New Mexico (US) dedicated to advancing community-based solutions to climate change that reduce pollution, create jobs, and strengthen the clean energy economy. NEE takes a multi-pronged approach to effecting positive change: they campaign against dirty and dangerous energy sources, such as coal and nuclear power plants; they promote innovative renewable energy policies to help transition New Mexico towards a new local energy economy; and they install community solar electric systems and energy efficiency projects throughout the state. Read more
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