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Germany, Belgian Community Renewable Experts Visit Vermont. Join Us!

Germany, Belgian Community Renewable Experts Visit Vermont. Join Us!

Two European community-based renewable energy experts will visit this week as part of a larger New England tour.  Dr. Andreas Wieg and Dirk Vansintjan will be speaking with Vermont energy experts, community leaders, legislators, policy makers, advocates and others about the clean energy transition well underway in Europe and their efforts to implement renewable energy projects as a way to spur local business, strengthen the economy and benefit the environment. They have several events in Vermont (see below).

Overseas, much of the push towards a clean energy transition comes from a bottom-up approach at the local level. Successful partnerships between electric cooperatives, municipalities, the agricultural community, policy makers and interested individuals has catalyzed a revolution now underway where towns and villages are designing community-owned cooperatives for producing and distributing renewable energy. More and more people are realizing the potential of these initiatives for economic development in the form of well-paying jobs, tax revenues, and strengthened community ties.

Many Vermonters are interested in being part of a clean energy revolution. The goal of this delegation’s trip is to share their expertise, experiences, success stories and strategies to inform how Vermonters might advance community-owned or community-supported renewable energy projects more easily, more efficiently and more often. Come learn more and be part of the solution

Attend any or all of the following free forums with Andreas and Dirk:

  • Tuesday, April 23, 7–9 PM at the International Center on the main campus of the School for International Training, 1 Kipling Road, Brattleboro, Vermont.
  • Wednesday, April 24, 12–1 PM in the Sloan Theater on the main campus of Greenfield Community College, 1 College Drive, Greenfield, Massachusetts.
  • Wednesday, April 24, 7–9 PM, Cook Auditorium, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH.
  • Friday, April 26, 8:30-9:30 AM, testimony before joint House and Senate Natural Resources and Energy, Commerce and Economic Development and Agriculture committees in Room 11 of the State House, Montpelier, Vermont.
  • Saturday, April 27, 1:30-3:30 PM as part of the Vermont’s Energy Choices: Old Dirty Problems, Clean Energy Solutions forum, at Billings Auditorium, University of Vermont, 48 University Place Burlington, Vermont.

About the Speakers:
Dirk Vansintjan is the manager of Ecopower, a rural electric cooperative in Belgium and is co-founder of REScoop.be, the Belgian federation for renewable energy cooperatives.

Dr. Andreas Wieg has an MBA and PhD in Economics from the Philipps-University Marburg and is the manager of the “New Cooperatives Working Group” of the German cooperative associations based in Berlin.

The delegation’s visit is sponsored by funding from the Heinrich Böll Foundation. For more info on the foundation visit www.boell.org. For information about the “German Energy Transition” to renewables visit: www.energytransition.de