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  EKOenergy Newsletter,  issue 30
  13 May 2014
Content

1.  We contribute to real change
2.  EKOenergy and Vattenfall restore river
3.  Finnish festivals run on EKOenergy
4.  New trainees and volunteers at the EKOenergy Secretariat
5.  Russia's renewable future visits EKOenergy
6.  Elea spreads the news
7.  Business leaders invest in renewables
 

1.  We contribute to real change

 
Most of the green electricity consumers expect that the extra price they pay somehow leads to concrete results, i.e. to changes that would not have taken place without their purchase. The same expectation is also clearly expressed in the (draft) texts of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol: It views the market not only in terms of individual consumer choices about suppliers or contracts but expects the market can in aggregate change global GHG emissions.

For unorganized consumers, it is very difficult -if not impossible- to make sure that this really happens. But if we speak with one voice, the situation is very different. And this is what EKOenergy is about.

Our most visible tools to bring 'change' are the EKOenergy Environmental Fund and the EKOenergy Climate Fund. (The first climate project will be announced soon). But there is more: Our positive approach stimulates volunteers and consumers to take an active part in the energy revolution. Our efforts also lead to new projects, on top of the projects financed by our Climate Fund. More about all this in the following chapters of this newsletter. Or via facebook and Twitter.

2.  EKOenergy and Vattenfall restore river

 

In November 2013, floods forced the operator of the Pamilo power plant to suddenly release large volumes of water to the Pielisjoki River in Eastern Finland. The water wiped out spawning nests of the Saimaa landlocked salmon downstream of the power plant.

Although the power plant is not related in any way to EKOenergy, EKOenergy's fish experts immediately contacted Vattenfall. A first concrete result of our contacts with Vattenfall is a river restoration project to restore spawning areas of the endangered landlocked salmon.

Last week, a helicopter dropped spawning gravel to the restoration area, which is not accessible in any other way.

Click here for more information and for a video of the restoration activities.

3.  Finnish festivals run on EKOenergy

 
The annual Helsinki World Village Festival (May 24 & 25) switches to EKOenergy. With more than 400 activities and concerts and 85.000 visitors, this is one of the main festivals in Finland.

The supply of EKOenergy is facilitated by the company Festivaalisähkö (Finnish for "Festival Electricity"). The company is considering to automatically supply EKOenergy to all the festivals it is working with. Thumbs up!

4.  New trainees and volunteers at the EKOenergy Secretariat

 
Vera Szabadkai from Budapest joined the EKOenergy team as part of a "Work trial practice" organized by the Finnish Employment Service.

"I am glad to work on a motivating project with a European scope. EKOenergy is a very forward-thinking enterprise I'm glad to contribute to. Apart from working with renewables, it also enables me to use my connection to Hungary, and to learn and settle in my new home, Finland."

Trainees and volunteers remain a corner stone of EKOenergy's structure. In the last 3 months, over 150 trainees and volunteers applied for a place at the EKOenergy secretariat. At least 5 of them will join us in the coming months.

For the current staff, trainees and volunteers at the Secretariat, see the Contact Us page of the website.

5.  Russia's renewable future visits EKOenergy

 
Bellona Saint-Petersburg organized a thesis competition about renewable electricity. The main prize was a visit to a series of renewable power plants in Northern Europe, and a visit to the EKOenergy Secretariat (!).

178 young researchers from 59 Russian regions submitted a paper.

The winning researchers, Anna Gentova, Dmitry Grinko and Stepan Konakov visited us on May 12 and 13. They wrote papers about wave energy, wind energy and combined (hybrid) systems. Read more about their papers on the EKOenergy website.

We thank Juha Tuominen, director of the wind energy company Tuulisaimaa, professor Jero Ahola of the Lappeenrannan University of Technology and Kim Fyhr, Public Affairs Manager at Fortum for their interesting contributions to the Finnish part of the program.

6.  Elea spreads the news

 

The Wiesbadener Kurier wrote an article about our volunteer Elea Kunz and her experience at the EKOenergy Secretariat in Helsinki.

"Many consumers are not sufficiently informed about how they can use their electricity contract to contribute to climate protection. I find it interesting that EKOenergy works on that: through the EKOenergy label and through the focus on consumer information, EKOenergy gives households and corporate consumers the opportunity to bring about positive changes."

The paper version was published on May 8. Click here for the online version.

7.  Business leaders invest in renewables

 

"Because the interests of companies with large carbon reserves on their balance sheets are no longer aligned with other businesses, business leaders must think carefully about the source of their electrical power. In a world with falling energy prices, we need to invest in the technology that will sustain our companies, not ones that will cost the earth", Alison Kemper and Roger Martin in the Guardian.

“We have a duty to inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow and therefore addressing the real issues around man made climate change is a key part of that,” said Morten Vestberg, communication manager for the LEGO Group in Energy Digital magazine. “By doing so, we move towards our goal of positive impact, reduce our energy use, cut operating costs, and ensure we are a business fit for the future.”.

Picture: Vindenergi Danmark

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