Urban Alternatives is launched by a collaboration of different actors which are united in their efforts to create a more democratic, just and sustainable world. This map seeks to highlight initiatives that work towards this goal. Proposal for initiatives not listed yet can be made directly on the website. This process is open to new collaborations.


EWS ElektrizitätsWerke Schönau

Citizen Participation Mechanism

This initiative established a citizens led energy utility that now sells clean electricity to more than 170.000 households in Germany.
It is significant because After the catastrophe of Chernobyl, a citizen’s initiative was founded in Schönau, in order to concertedly tackle topics like saving energy and producing clean electricity. Since the grid operator obstructed these activities, the citizens had the idea of acquiring the power grid.

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