04 Apr '13, 2am

Local Development through Community-Led Renewable Energy via @zite

Converting our energy system is about more than replacing fossil fuel with sun and wind as new energy sources. Our current fossil fuel-based energy system is characterized by complex centralized infrastructures where a) the fuel is transported to the plant and b) energy production and distribution are typically owned by the same people. The supply chain is vertical and the benefits are shared among only a few stakeholders. By nature, renewable energy technology is typically more decentralized, has a horizontal supply chain and requires a completely different infrastructure and market. New ownership models are needed, as different stakeholders are directly involved in this transformation. A true energy transition must ensure the participation of all stakeholders - because history has proven that people-centered solutions are the quickest and most efficient way to change soc...

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