New Working Paper (German): “The future of citizen-energy: Empirical insights on bottom-up approaches and decentralized renewable energy production in Germany” by M. Backhouse, M. Büttner, D. Greifenberg, T. Herdlitschka, R. Lehmann, E. Schaller, J. Thiel

New Publication in May 2020: The future of citizen-energy: Empirical insights on bottom-up approaches and decentralized renewable energy production in Germany by Maria Backhouse, Melissa Büttner, David Greifenberg, Theresa Herdlitschka, Rosa Lehmann, Evamaria Schaller, Janine Thiel

This working paper is the result of a research seminar in the master's program of sociology at FSU Jena and addresses the situation of citizen-based energy projects, notably energy cooperatives. The focus of the paper is on the perspectives of nine practitioners of energy cooperatives who were asked about their motives and challenges, about possibilities for participation and about their visions for the future of the renewable energy projects they are planning or have initiated. The study confirms the state of research that participation in citizen-based energy projects is possible to varying degrees, but that members seize the opportunities to partake in decisions to different extents. The projects usually depend on a few committed people, who are convinced of the necessity to expand citizen-based energy projects, but are confronted with many challenges due to changed legal, political and economic conditions.