On 30 June 2021, the deadline for transposing the European Renewable Energies Directive into German law is expiring. The directive puts citizens at the centre of the energy transition. But new participation models have not yet been implemented as prescribed by EU law. The German government has so far ignored the clear requirements of EU law.

In particular, German energy law is continually lacking community self-sufficiency and the right to energy sharing for citizen energy communities. Therefore, the Bündnis Bürgerenergie invited politicians from all democratic factions to a dialogue - and the whole citizen energy community to the digital Long Night of Citizen Energy to discuss together the concepts, implementation in other countries and plans on how to increase the pressure on the federal government.

 

Highlights of the programme

The Long Night of Citizen Energy will start on 30 June 2021 at 18:00 CEST and will run until midnight. The event will take place as a video conference via Zoom. The colourful programme includes the following.

  • a panel discussion with members of the Bundestag from all democratic parliamentary groups
  • a presentations on the pioneers of energy sharing from Germany, Austria and Italy
  • a climate cooking course
  • a cultural programme with music and readings
  • a debate on how the Bündnis Bürgerenergie wants to make 2021 the year of citizen energy
  • a countdown to the implementation deadline of the EU Renewable Energy Directive

Jens Lowitzsch of Viadrina University presented on the event the experiences of the SCORE pilot project in Essen. 

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