Energy from Residents for Residents

Energy is a basic need for well-being and is one of the sectors in which an institutional revolution is currently taking place.

The Energy Commons Institute (ECI) is working on a strategic review

The Energy Commons Institute foundation was established in the Netherlands in October 2019, building on activities of recent years and meeting the need for a knowledge platform. We don’t sell energy. We support energy cooperatives, local neighborhood and neighborhood associations, housing associations, and homeowners’ associations.

Bram Reinders and Thijs Aarten developed this concept on the basis of activities they carried out in previous years. Think for example of the Smart City Road Map for the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

We need energy every day and it is one of the sectors in which an institutional revolution is currently taking place. This offers opportunities for new markets where the interests of residents are paramount. The recently published Position Paper “Virtual Power Plants via Energy Commons” shows the essence and focus of residents’ support, but also that the energy transition requires robust technology and open source software solutions that must meet all privacy preconditions. It is precisely there that we see opportunities we want to work on.

What motivates us is collaboration and co-creation, learning from our experiences and letting each other’s complementarity work to our advantage. Decisiveness, with a strong supporting organization. This fits in seamlessly with the new vision of Europe: “Recovery and preparation for the next generation”.

Europe is committed to green and digital transitions partly in response to Covid-2019.

The EU writes “Our generational challenges – the green and digital transitions – are even more important now than before the crisis started. Through the recovery, we will press fast-forward on the twin green and digital transitions. We will strengthen our strategic autonomy while preserving the benefits of an open economy. We will support our partners around the world and lead a renewed and reinvigorated form of multilateralism the world needs.” And then the EU continues with “To live up to the extraordinary challenge and to prepare a better future, the Commission is today proposing a new recovery instrument, called Next Generation EU, within a revamped long-term EU budget. In total, this European Recovery Plan will put € 1.85 trillion to help kick-start our economy and ensure Europe bounces forward.”.

We are calibrating our mission, our work and our legal structure to make an even better contribution to this. The Energy Commons philosophy lives on; we now want to secure and roll it out even better.

See here the link to Europe’s moment: Repair and Prepare for the Next Generation. Link to the European Commission

Energy from Residents for Residents

An Energy Common: a composition tailored to the neighbourhood of the most optimal mix of local sustainable energy sources that are realised and managed by the people in the neighbourhood, and driven by new technologies and intelligent systems.

It is about the people in a neighbourhood who, through good agreements, realise the common. Joining forces within different sectors in the field of energy, area development and social innovation in order to contribute to a more inclusive, equitable and sustainable society. In addition, we must include everyone, also those who are less wealthy. And residents where, for instance, solar panels cannot be installed, but who would like to participate. We focus on an inclusive society by making equitable agreements in the Common.