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News from EKOenergy


Edition 66  -  20 June 2016

1.   Solar for Togo
2.   EKOenergy and self-generation
3.   Greetings from Vihti: restoring rivers with EKOenergy
4.   Vote EKOenergy
5.   Nandita Rajan: EKOenergy for India
6.   News from the members
7.   Bloomberg: Renewables are winning
 

1.    Solar for Togo

 
For each MWh sold as EKOenergy, the seller contributes at least €0.10 to EKOenergy's Climate Fund. This money is used to finance climate projects.

Recently, we donated € 10,000 to the Belgian organisation Solar without Borders to install solar kiosks in the Togolese villages Agram Assekou, Ka Bre Bre and Kouwi.

Solar kiosks are equipped with solar panels and batteries. They are located in villages without electricity supply. At the kiosk, people can rent rechargeable lamps and have them charged for a small fee. They can of course charge other small electric devices too. Each solar kiosk is run by a self-employed local operator trained by Solar without Borders. Solar kiosks bring light to remote villages and promote sustainable, local entrepreneurship.

Click here for the pictures.

Thank you EKOenergy consumers and EKOenergy sellers!

Later this month, we will launch a new call for climate projects. Stay tuned.

2.    EKOenergy and self-generation

 
EKOenergy isn't only an ecolabel for electricity purchases, we are also an active promotor of self-generation.

We are gradually optimising the interaction between these two activities. The dynamics of our ecolabel should strengthen the development of self-generated renewable electricity and vice versa.

Many EKOenergy sellers already help their consumers invest in their own solar panels. See e.g. Fortum and Etelä-Savon Energia in Finland. An increasing numbers of licensed sellers focuses on sales of excess solar energy, e.g. ForGreen in Italy and Eida in Luxembourg. Intensfifying our cooperation in this field is an important priority. Moreover many of our EKOenergy consumers have own renewable energy installations and communicate about these in close cooperation with EKOenergy, see e.g. HSY, the Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority.

More of this!

Picture: Fortum
"EKOenergy helps consumers find the best electricity products and increase the positive impact of their purchase. Consumers can influence in many ways, but to be really efficient, it is important that we all pull in the same direction. "

Katsiaryna Viadziorchyk in the latest edition of GineersNow, "The real heroes of renewable energy industry", page 69.

3.    Greetings from Vihti: EKOenergy restores rivers

 
Earlier this year, we donated €50,000 from our Environmental Fund to Virho‘s Vihtijoki river restoration project in Southern Finland. The project was selected through a public vote, in which all EKOenergy consumers could participate.

Virho's projects aims at restoring the Vihtijoki river so that salmon fish can live and spawn in the river again. A further aim is to make the Vihtijoki river a model for future (Finnish) restoration projects.

On 13 June, the volunteers of the EKOenergy Secretariat went to help. They shoveled buckets of gravel, carried them down to the river and deposited the gravel on the riverbed to create spawning areas for fish.

4.    Vote for EKOenergy

 
EKOenergy is one of the projects participating in the "100 projects for the climate". This is a competition launched by the French government, as one of the tools to speed up the emergence of citizen-led initiatives to combat global warming. It builds on the momentum of the COP21 and the Paris Climate Agreement.

Show your support for EKOenergy by giving us two points at http://www.100projetspourleclimat.gouv.fr/en/

Spread the word! Thanks!

5.    Nandita Rajan: EKOenergy for India

 
EKOenergy is gradually expanding its activities to other locations. One of the persons helping us get started in India is Nandita Rajan, originally from India and now studying in Helsinki.

"I study atmospheric sciences.  My studies and goals have always been related to natural sciences. This summer I want to contribute to a cause I wholly support."

"Even though I am new around, I feel at home. The EKOenergy team and its environment are inspiring. I like meeting people from different countries working towards the same goal and sharing a similar point of view. When you volunteer  for a cause you needn't struggle to find motivation, it comes naturally."

The use of renewable energy sources is growing in India but not at a fast enough rate as needed. With EKOenergy,  I want to help make it happen and expand the network to the country.

Thank  you Nandita! Let's go for it.

If you have activities or interesting contacts in India, please get in touch via info@ekoenergy.org.

"We decided to offer our consumers EKOenergy, because we believe that this label is more than just green energy. It is something bigger and it gives us peace of mind that with this label we can contribute to a sustainable environment. Also the international dimension adds value to us."

Sven Pitkve, Imatra Elekter, Estonia

6.    News from the EKOenergy members: Pictures and maps

 
The Estonian Fond for Nature organised a drawing competition about climate change. The goal was to raise awareness about the urgency of the problem and to reach a new audience. You can check the winning pictures here.

The Global 100% Renewable Energy campaign collects examples of cities, regions, islands and countries that are already 100% renewable or have a clear plan to become so. More than 100 of them are are already on the map. This overview proves that "100% renewable" is not a far away dream, but a reality today. If you are aware of a 100% renewable energy project that is not yet on the map, please contact the Global 100% Renewable Energy -campaign at info@go100re.net.

7.   Bloomberg: Renewables are winning

 
According to New Energy Outlook 2016, the latest long-term forecast from Bloomberg New Energy Finance, we are on the eve of a fundamental transformation of the world electricity system. Renewable sources such as wind and solar and balancing options such as batteries will boom.

Wind and solar costs fall sharply. The levelised costs of generation per MWh for onshore wind will fall 41% by 2040, and solar photovoltaics by 60%, making these two technologies the cheapest ways of producing electricity in many countries during the 2020s and in most of the world in the 2030s.

However, the report also makes clear that much more needs to be done to keep the global greenhouse gas emissions under control. Bloomberg explicitly refers to India as one of the countries where much more needs to be done: "That makes India the key to the future global emissions trend. Its electricity demand is forecast to grow 3.8 times between 2016 and 2040. Despite investing $611bn in renewables in the next 24 years, and $115 billion in nuclear, it will continue to rely heavily on coal power stations to meet rising demand. This is forecast to result in a trebling of its annual power sector emissions by 2040."
We at EKOenergy are always looking to grow our network. If you want more information about becoming a partner of ours, please do not hesitate to get in touch. 
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