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ElektrizitatsWerke Schonau (EWS)

When ElektrizitatsWerke Schonau (EWS) decided to buy the grid in 1991, the energy market was not yet liberalised and financial support systems were absent. By buying the grid, EWS aimed to reorganise it in an ecological manner. In order to transform the grid and the energy production, EWS stimulated citizens to install renewable energy production units by facilitating their connection to the grid and by paying special feed-in tariffs. At the moment the produced energy of citizens is exported to the grid and they are compensated through the EEG. EWS proves that by taking the grid and the sale of energy in your own hands you can change the business model to the needs of your members. It is also demonstrates the resilience of REScoops and its strength to make use of social power; the power of volunteers that bring in expertise for free.