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Fall 2012 In Review: The Community Power Report


Mümtaz Derya Tarhan

The Community Power Report
December 3, 2012 

Every community’s assets and needs are different; but what they have in common is their ability to draw inspiration from other community-based projects from across the world and design their own. That being my starting point, It is with great hope that I am publishing our Fall 2012 Review, as it features awe-inspiring stories that address much more than just the electricity-related needs of communities.  


Distributed Energy Generation To The Rescue During Times of Disaster

Natural disasters bring tradegy to communities. What they also do is reveal things that truly matters in a community; access to basic needs and togetherness. What a recent massive blackout revealed in India last summer, Hurricane Sandy revealed in the United States: We cannot rely on electricity generated in some far away land to provide most need social and healthcare services during times of crisis. What we need is decentralized power generation   that secures the availability of electricity during times we need it the most. 

Please take a look at an article I recently wrote on this topic: Community Power: Keeping The Lights On During Times of Disaster

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Local Energy + Local Food + Education = Healthy Communities

If we are to ensure a healthy future for our planet and its inhabitants, we have to turn to local resources for food and energy consumption. Reliance on outside energy and food increases our dependence on fossil fuels and centralized energy generation, while rendering food prices and local farmers vulnerable to external shocks.

However, if we are ever to think about about building a better future, we cannot ignore the most important local resource that communities have: our children and youth. Therefore, initiatives that combine educating our children and youth around the connection between local resources and their impact on communities and our planet should be featured, highlighted, praised and shared widely. Here are some that were featured on our website over the past 3 months:


                                                                     
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    The People’s Collective Purchasing Power

    We the people, are numerous. We the people, are also consumers. Thereby, we have a great collective bargaining power if we come together and act as one.

    Since its establishment, our website featured many communities from across the world taking control of their energy consumption through Community Choice Aggregation (CCA). Recently however, another type of collective bargaining power is in the rise: Collective Bulk Purchasing. Whether it is a group of local residents, local governments or other local institutions forming a coalition to purchase renewable energy systems in bulk, they do get a better bang for their buck by combining their bargaining power.


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    The Aboriginal Way of Community Economic Development

    First Nations / Native Tribes in North America are leading other communities by example in spurring community economic development through renewable energy projects. Energy security, local cash flow, education and employment opportunities, and the preservation of the sacred environment are among many benefits of such projects for these Tribes. Let’s take a look at some examples that The Community Power Report brought to your attention recently:   



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    These, of course, are only a small portion of stories that were shared on The Community Power Report. In order to find stories that interest your region, a certain ownership model or renewable energy technology, please go to our Homepage and use the search tool at the top right.

    Oh, and also, it may help following us on Twitter and Facebook, and join our recently-established LinkedIn page to stay up-to-date, all the time!

    In friendship and co-operation,

    Mümtaz Derya Tarhan
    The Community Power Report

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