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A wind of remunicipalisation is blowing on the European Energy Transition Conference

By Béatrice Karas on 7 December 2017

As announced last year in Bordeaux, the 19th edition of the European Energy Transition Conference will be the first to be organised outside France, in Geneva, Switzerland from 30th January to 1st February 2018.

Following this summer’s call for contributions, the organisers, namely Greater Geneva, Bordeaux Métropole, the Urban Community of Dunkirk and ADEME, in collaboration with Energy Cities, have received over 300 proposals which they have used to develop an exceptional programme on the theme of “Cooperation: the key to success”.

Plenary sessions, interactive forums and workshops are just some of the formats proposed to exchange ideas, discuss and share the experience of players who are implementing and accelerating the energy transition in their local areas.

Energy Cities is organising an “Inspiration” workshop on Wednesday 31 January 2018 from 2 to 3.15 pm entitled “A wind of remunicipalisation is blowing on energy”

Bringing back energy under municipal control is the path chosen by European local elected representatives and citizen organisations anxious to fulfil their democratic, social and environmental aspirations. Water, another “common good”, is sometimes held up as an example for remunicipalising the energy sector.

  • How can cities and local players regain control of their local energy system?
  • What challenges and successes can be expected when setting up a local energy service company?
  • What are the links between devolution and remunicipalisation, between community energy and participative governance?
  • What role do citizens play?
  • What changes need to be introduced at national/European level to support these emerging trends?

The workshop will discuss the various possibilities without downplaying the associated risks, using the analytical key provided by Energy Cities’ exploratory study “Local energy ownership in Europe (France – Germany – United-Kingdom)”, which analyses concrete examples in a European perspective.

Sylvie Lacassagne, from Energy Cities, will facilitate the workshop together with Andreas Rüdinger, associate research fellow at IDDRI, Valérie Cerda, head of the City of Geneva’s energy department, Gilles Garazi head of energy transition of SIG and Vincent Fristot, deputy mayor of Grenoble.

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