Community Power – Participants
Tuesday/ 11 November 2014 / 14:00-15:30
Keynote: Siward Zomer, REScoop.eu
Siward Zomer is chairman of the Dutch wind cooperative “De Windvogel”. He is also a board member of REScoopNL and REScoop.eu, the Dutch and European federation of groups of citizens and cooperatives for renewable energy. He works for the REScoop 20-20-20 project where he is responsible for the inventory of REScoops (Renewable Energy Sources cooperatives) in Europe. For the project he analysed thirty best practices from different countries in Europe researching their strengths and weaknesses.
Siward graduated from the University of Birmingham with a MA thesis on the social and political aspects of renewable energy. After his MA he continued to study the social, cultural and political aspects in the development of wind turbines and concluded that the cooperative/community model was the most suited model to develop renewables.
Moderator: David Ebong, Clean Energy Partnership Africa
Ebong has a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration (BBA) and a Diploma in Business Studies (UDBS). He is the CEO- Clean Energy Partnership Africa Ltd, Board Member-National Forestry Authority (NFA), and Climate Change Negotiator for the Government of Uganda. He is currently the Patron-Apac District Actors Forum on Climate Change; A Public/Private Partnership for low carbon development advocacy at local levels. He founded the Apac Anti-Corruption Coalition-TAACC, a coalition of civil society organizations involved in public resources monitoring at local levels. Ebong was also a member of Parliament in Uganda between 2006 and 20011, founding the Parliamentary Forum on Climate Change Uganda-The first parliamentarians initiative on climate change in Africa.
Tetsu Iida, ISEP
Tetsu is a Leading Authority on Renewable Energy, and a “Social Innovator” who has introduced Ecological Initiatives as Executive Director of the Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies (ISEP), a Non-profit and Independent Research Institute. He is familiar with Nordic energy & environmental policy, known for his book on “Energy Democracy in Nordic Countries”. He serves on Board of REN21 and WWEA. He earned his masters in Nuclear Science Studies at Kyoto University in 1983, he started his career as a Nuclear Engineer. He went on to become Division Leader of Energy & Environmental Studies at Japan Research Institute (1992-2006), Visiting researcher at Lund University in Sweden (1996-1998), and PhD course of Advanced Science & Technology Studies at Tokyo University (1998).
In 1998, he organized “the Supra-coalition of Member of Parliaments (MPs) for renewable promotion”, consisting of 1/3 of total MPs, then resulting in new legislation of “Renewable Promotion Law”. In 2000, he founded ISEP to realize sustainable energy policies. They made the movement of introduction of the Feed-in tariff policy in Japan. He has held some of Committee members. As a Committee Member for the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Trade (METI), and the Ministry of Environment (MoE), he has proposed Nuclear-free energy policies. He is also the Secretary-General of Japan Community Power Association, introducing community based renewables schemes in Japan..
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