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The socio-economic power of renewable energy production cooperatives in Germany : results of an empirical assessment

  • This paper reflects the socio-economic power of renewable energy production cooperatives for a wider energy system transformation in Germany. Energy cooperatives have turned into important supporters of renewable and decentralised energy structures, due to their strong growth since the year 2006, their participation in local renewable energy projects and their democratic awareness. The cooperative form of coordinating local renewable energy projects applies to a decentralised energy system that is managed by many smaller firms - a system concept that is preferred by the majority of German citizens. However, there is not enough knowledge to understand to what extent this organisational form is able to unify a broad group of actors inThis paper reflects the socio-economic power of renewable energy production cooperatives for a wider energy system transformation in Germany. Energy cooperatives have turned into important supporters of renewable and decentralised energy structures, due to their strong growth since the year 2006, their participation in local renewable energy projects and their democratic awareness. The cooperative form of coordinating local renewable energy projects applies to a decentralised energy system that is managed by many smaller firms - a system concept that is preferred by the majority of German citizens. However, there is not enough knowledge to understand to what extent this organisational form is able to unify a broad group of actors in promoting a renewable energy system (societal power) and to gather capital for elaborating renewable energy supply structures (economic power). The reflection is based on an empirical assessment of all energy cooperatives that were registered in Germany before 31st December 2013. Their growth dynamic and their business approaches are discussed. A special focus lies on renewable energy production cooperatives. The study presents the development of their members, their capital, their profit and loss, as well as their investment intensity over a timeframe of three years (2010-2012). The socio-economic potential of renewable energy production cooperatives for supporting a renewable energy system is discussed against the background of empirical results.show moreshow less

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Document Type:Working Paper
Author:Sarah Debor
URN (citable link):https://nbn-resolving.org/urn:nbn:de:bsz:wup4-opus-53644
Publisher:Wuppertal Inst. for Climate, Environment and Energy
Place of Publication:Wuppertal
Year of Publication:2014
Pagenumber:25
Series Title (English):Wuppertal papers
Volume:187
Language:English
Release Date:2014/05/02
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Wirtschaft
Licence:License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung-Nicht kommerziell-Keine Bearbeitung