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Join our debate on “Citizen-powered” energy transition in Bilbao on 27 April - #basque2016!

By Miriam Eisermann on 29 February 2016

Who exactly is in the driving seat of the energy transition? Can city council energy initiatives and bottom-up solutions work together ? On the occasion of the 8th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns in Bilbao, the city networks Energy Cities and ICLEI have invited experts from the academic, public and NGO field for a lively debate on the potentials and obstacles of a citizen-powered energy transition.

During our break-out session on 27 April from 14:30 to 16:00, we will shed light on the advancement of energy democracy in different European places such as:

  • The City of Litomerice in Czech Republic: Energy Manager Jaruslav Klusak describes the participatory tools and processes put in place in his city to allow for stronger citizen participation.
  • Scotland: Friends of the Earth Campaigner Anne Schiffer talks about the challenges of increasing community ownership and benefits from renewable energy.
  • Barcelona Region: A representative will describe how to establish constructive cooperation between the regional government and local civil society actors.

Dr Timothy Moss, Head of research department “Institutional Change and Regional Public Goods” at Leibniz Institute will introduce the session.

The audience will be invited to share their know-how and experiences in how to create a new participatory city culture for a renewable energy system benefiting all local players.

The 8th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns with a focus on “Transformative Action: the potential for Europe” kicks off on 27 April in Bilbao, major city of the Basque country in Northern Spain. The event is hosted by the Basque Government, Bizkaia County Council, Bilbao City Council and ICLEI.

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The Basque Country reflects the capacity of European cities to transform, having changed from being focused on industry to embracing a modern service-based economy. It is home of two of our member cities: Pamplona and San Sebastian.

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