Fostering collective empowerment

Collective energy initiatives can offer you resources and services that contribute to your empowerment (click here to PDF 5 – Good practices). For example, by improving your access to energy through shared energy production and management, or by helping your voice be heard in decision-making processes. They can also support you by providing relevant knowledge and fair conditions when using and buying energy... Equally, as part of a collective initiative you can act by encouraging other consumers to take action in the energy sector with the aim of achieving social, environmental and economic benefits on a local level. These are merely a few examples of how such energy citizenship initiatives can help you to advance your list of commitments with regard to action, gaining control, voice, and capacity to act within an initiative and/or in the wider energy system.  Here, of course, we are referring to the diversity of roles and functions that you, as a citizen, can exercise within the energy system, either individually or through involvement in diverse initiatives.

I could do it myself, and I don't have any superpowers or special skills. You can do it too. Supportting this is what makes a little go a long way (Interview 23, individual energy citizen).

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