2nd International Community Wind Symposium 2017

World Wind Energy Association (WWEA) and LEE NRW invite you to join for the 2nd International Community Wind Symposium on 03 November 2017 in Bonn (Germany).

After last year’s 1st International Community Wind symposium with more than 100 experts and practitioners from 20 countries, the event will start with the presentation of  the most recent WWEA and LEE NRW study on potentials and challenges for community wind in NRW and Germany. After leaving the grounds of the German case, the discussion will focus on international implications and cases. Speakers from several European countries, from Australia, Japan, Mali, Canada and Chile have already confirmed their attendance.

In the immediate run-up to the COP23 in Bonn in November 2017, numerous international and German experts are expected, amongst them representatives of community projects and associations, politicians, researchers and other relevant community power stakeholders.

For WWEA, community power plays an important role as community and citizen-owned renewable energies offer huge potentials for combating poverty and to improve livelihoods. Therefore WWEA sees it as one of its key tasks to highlight the role of community power in different forums worldwide and to make sure that in the future such models can play their role on a much larger scale.

In case of interest in participation, please send a short message including your name and affiliation to Fabian Tenk ft@wwindea.org



Symposium opening and welcoming speeches

  • HON. PETER RAE AO (President, WWEA)
  • JAN DOBERTIN (Managing Director LEE NRW)
  • CHRISTIANE OVERKAMP (Managing Director, Foundation for Environment and Development North-Rhine Westphalia) (tbc)


Of Pioneers, Fill-ins and Acceptance-securers – Comments on the Development of Community Wind

LARS HOLSTENKAMP (Research Associate, Leuphana University of Lüneburg)


Auction’s definition “citizen’s project” – Curse or blessing for German Community Wind entities?

FABIAN TENK (Community Wind Officer, WWEA)


Coffee break


Panel discussion: How practicable is the EEG’s definition „citizen’s project“?

Chair: STEFAN GSÄNGER (Secretary General, WWEA)

  • OLAF FIESEL (Head of Division, Ministry of Energy, Infrastructure und Digitization of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania)
  • WERNER SOIKA (Board Member, Bürgerenergie Issum eG)
  • DR. RENE MONO (Board Member, Bündnis Bürgerenergie – BBEn)
  • GREGOR AHLER (Board Member, Energiegenossenschaft Ahaus-Heek-Legden e.G.) (tbc)


Panel Discussion: Perspectives for Community Power in NRW and Germany

Chair: JULIAN SCHÖNBECK (Project Manager, EnergieAgentur.NRW)

  • HEINZ THIER (Managing Director, BBWind Projektberatungsgesellschaft mbH)
  • OLAF FIESEL (Head of Division, Ministry of Energy, Infrastructure und Digitization of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania)
  • WOLFGANG KIENE (Board Member, Energiegenossenschaft Höxter eG)
  • OLIVER KESSLER (Managing Director, Bürgerwindpark Flamschen GmbH & Co. KG)
  • THOMAS E. BANNING (CEO, Naturstrom AG/ BBEn) (tbc)
  • JOHANNES LACKMANN (Representative, BürgerWIND Westfalen eG) (tbc)


Lunch break


What does the future hold for Community Power?

DR. SIMONE PETER (Chairwoman, Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen)


Community Power World Trip: Status Quo, Problems, Solutions

Chair: STEPHANIE WECKEND (Programme Officer, IRENA; Germany)

  • SERGIO OCERANSKY (CEO, Yansa Group; Chile/ Mexico),
  • DR. TETSUNARI IIDA (Executive Director, ISEP; Japan),
  • LEIRE GORRONO (Project Worker, Nordic Folkecenter; Denmark),
  • DIRK VANSINTJAN (President, RESCOOP; Belgium),
  • HON. PETER RAE AO (President, WWEA; Australia),
  • DR. CHRISTINE KÖNIG (formerly Director, OSEA; Canada)


Coffee break


Community Power in Africa: Challenges and Opportunities

DR. IBRAHIM TOGOLA (Chairman, Mali Folkecenter)


Community Power within Germany`s Marshall Plan with Africa

DR. TANIA RÖDIGER-VORWERK (Head of section; Federal Ministry for Economic Co-operation and Development/ BMZ)


Panel discussion: Community Power in Africa

Chair: tbc

  • JOHAN LEWIN (The Seeland Development Community Trust; South Africa),
  • M. OUSMANE OUATTARA (Director, Mali Folkecenter, Mali),
  • DR. OSMAN BENCHIKH (Administrator, ESMER; Algeria)
  • KHALID BENHAMOU (Managing Director, Sahara Wind; Marocco)
  • DR. TANIA RÖDIGER-VORWERK (Head of section, Federal Ministry for Economic Co-operation and Development/ BMZ)
  • FARAIMUNASHE NKOMO (Research Associate, University of Erfurt; Simbabwe) (tbc)


Concluding remarks

STEFAN GSÄNGER (Secretary General, WWEA)


End of the Event