It is often overlooked—or conveniently forgotten—that the early industrial revolution was powered 100% by renewable energy. It wasn’t until the late 19th century that fossil fuels began to overtake renewable energy in industrial economies around the world.
Today there are communities around the world celebrating their recent transition to 100% renewable energy (RE) in electricity supply. A growing global movement among local and regional governments is proving that meeting 100% of our energy demand with renewable energy is viable. [Read more →]
October 10, 2013 No Comments
Last Sunday, citizens in Hamburg, Germany’s second biggest city, not only re-elected Angela Merkel as chancellor but also gave their electoral mandate to the city authority to buy back the energy grid in their Hanseatic city. Why? Because they concluded that the private sector cannot be trusted with public services – and that community ownership and participatory governance is the way to go. [Read more →]
September 25, 2013 No Comments
The current situation: The world is fossil!
In the rather emotional debate about the “Energiewende” (energy transition) and the “EEG” (renewable energy law) in Germany, many tend to forget the current energy situation in Germany, Austria and the world in general. All of these energy systems are still very much dominated by fossil fuels. Even though the percentage is ‘only’ 70% in Austria, in Germany — with a renewables share of 12.2% – non-renewable energy still make up a whopping 87.8% share of final energy consumption.
August 22, 2013 No Comments