Community Wind Power

As TREC defines community power:

  • Community Power refers to the direct participation in, ownership of, and sharing of collective benefits from renewable energy projects, by and for a local community
  • It’s a democratic ownership process where local groups are investing in their own communities and using the returns to support their local economy: a win-win-win for the community, individual investors and the province

Communities can be:

  • co-operatives
  • First Nations
  • non-profits or charities
  • a municipality
  • schools
  • health centres
  • or other groups related by location or interest such as a union or BIA, a church group or a gardening club among many others

A Proven Community Power Model

middelgrunden

The Middelgrunden Wind Power Cooperative in Denmark.

In the 1970’s, three rural Danish families banded together and installed a wind turbine, creating the world’s first green energy co-op. Today, the Middlegrunden co-op owns and operates the world’s largest off-shore wind farm outside Copenhagen harbour. Wind turbine manufacturing is Denmark’s top export and wind power co-ops are a nationwide movement with more than 100,000 family members. Together the co-ops have installed 80% of Denmark’s turbines which now account for 10% of the entire country’s electricity needs. Danes anticipate 50% of their electricity will come from wind by 2030.