Building local economic resilience though democratic local energy models

| February 28, 2018

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When the energy supply chain is localised, local jobs can be created, energy spend can be kept in the local economy and community benefit funds can be created and reinvested locally to reduce community vulnerability and to create a more resilient financial system. However, changes in national support for renewable energy projects have made it very difficult for community energy groups to deliver projects. This project has researched, developed and shared practical new business models for community energy groups to provide them with the support that they need to adapt to the changes in government policy.

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Thailand is currently promoting Renewable Energy as a national agenda supported by a Master Plan called "Alternative Energy Development Plan (2012-2021). The goal is to increase the share of renewable energy to 25% of the country's energy demand by the year 2021. In Laos the government is embarked on developing Biomass, Biofuel and Wind Energy with the goal of achieving 30 percent of national energy consumption from Renewable sources by 2025.

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