We the Power

The future of energy is community-owned.

Restore Power to the People

Together, we can bring the benefits of renewable energy production home. One million European citizens are involved in today’s growing community-energy movement. By 2050, it could be more than 260 million citizens, each helping to generate up to 45 percent of the European Union’s electricity from community energy—providing local jobs, reduced energy bills, a healthier environment and a stronger social fabric.

To, for & by the People

How Community
Energy Works

A community establishes a cooperative, installs a renewable power system and generates profits with the energy created.

All members get energy at a fair price and help make decisions on where to invest the gains.

That could mean refurbishing the local pub, establishing a new electric car sharing system, or sharing profits with people in the community who need it the most.

Get Involved

Find your region. Join an energy community. Invest in one. Or build your own.
Imagine a New Energy System
Past

Big, extractive energy monopolies controlling local communities’ power and money, while exacerbating the climate crisis

future

Local, citizen-owned renewable energy production that is socially innovative and economically beneficial for your town

The rise of citizen-owned renewables

It Takes a Village

Home is where we work the hardest because the most important things are on the line. This is what makes community energy powerful: It is something that we have the right to do on our own, with our neighbors, beyond big business or even government. And it is our duty to do more to protect the communities we love and the planet we live on. We can’t wait any longer.

Success Stories

The benefits of community energy

Affordable Power for All

Makes electricity economical for everyone and their neighbors.

Locally Grown & Owned

Means money goes back into the community by way of profits and jobs.

Fair, Equitable Communities

Responding to economic, cultural and social needs, energy cooperatives provide community empowerment. Everyone is an equal and has a voice.

Healthier Home Planet

Helps the Europe Union reduce the risk of calamity due to the climate crisis and reach its goal to become carbon-neutral by 2050.

The Film

Filmmakers

David Garrett Byars
Director

Nicholas Weissman
Producer

Carlos Carneiro
Producer

Vacationland
Production

Bureau Voorlichting
Production

Find a Screening or Event

Do you want to attend a screening of We the Power, or are you hoping to find an educational community-energy event near you? 

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Organize a Screening

Creating momentum for this movement is critical in building a citizen-owned power future. Contact us if you are interested in organizing a screening of We the Power.

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Community Energy: Are We Ready?

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8pm CEST // 7pm BST // 11am PDT

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