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Welcome to City Stories, the podcast by Energy Cities. Energy Cities is the European city network of local authorities in energy transition with over 1000 members from 30 countries. This podcast is for those who want to learn more about how cities go about with the energy transition. The challenge is big, but there are so many new, collaborative practices that emerge and that make this challenge fun and feasible. Each month we invite passionate European guests from different horizons and sectors who dedicate much of their time to making the energy transition more democratic. Each conversation brings out a city’s story as well as very personal opinions and motivations. The podcast is moderated by Miriam Eisermann. It is available on Spotify, Google Podcasts and Apple Podcasts

Latest Episodes

Episode with Prof. Tine de Moor, researcher on collective actions

Sometimes it’s good to look into history when we want to better see the future. That’s why we’ve interviewed the Belgian academic historian Tine de Moor over the phone. Her teaching and research at the University of Utrecht in The Netherlands focus on how collective action developed over time. We talked about the trends she observes in cooperatives and about cooperation in times of crisis. During our conversation, Tine explains why we should cooperate and the challenges she has identified for cooperatives through her research work. She also advocates for public-collective partnerships in order to fully recognise everybody's role in local transition processes: energy is an incredibly important resource and Tine de Moor believes that participation in this field is crucial. People need to be involved in the rules they have to follow and that's why she sees cooperatives as schools for democracy. In 2015, Tine published "The Dilemma of the Commoners: Understanding the Use of Common-Po...

30 MINJUL 3
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Episode with Prof. Tine de Moor, researcher on collective actions

Episode with Amsterdam's commons manager Nathalie de Loon

Today we take a look at the democratic potential of the urban commons. The commons are those resources we all share and use like water, energy, food or public space. I’ve talked to someone who deals with this in her everyday work: I’ve interviewed Nathalie de Loon who is the commons coordinator at the city council of Amsterdam. Nathalie talks about her quite unique job and the societal agreement that officially recognises the vital role commons play in the city strategy. Wonder why she connects this to a doughnut? The Dutch “do democracy” gets very concrete when you listen to Nathalie and her love with the various local initiatives where energy, heat or food are managed and shared by committed citizens. And as Nathalie and her team wanted to make Amsterdam’s commons better known, she asked an artist to produce the city’s very first commons catalogue. You can check it out here: http://heeldeaarde.net/. This episode was recorded via internet. It is part of “City Stories” is brought to you by the EU project. mPower explores how cities and citizens can manage the energy transition together – in a fair, clean and democratic way. Participation can happen at various stages: from involving citizens, local NGOs or businesses in the policy design to any stage of the energy value chain: for example as shareholders or even prosumers. The mPower project gets funding from the European Horizon 2020 programme.

19 MINJUL 2
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Episode with Amsterdam's commons manager Nathalie de Loon

Episode with Geert Vanhorebeek from Leuven

Before Covid-19 turned our lives upside down, we met with Geert Vanhorebeek in the Belgium old university town of Leuven. Geert is the city’s sustainable development advisor. You’ll see, he knows how to bring people’s ideas and engagement into municipal action. There is much to learn from Leuven on how to build on strong local communities. During the conversation, Geert tells the story of how solar energy was boosted in Leuven through a strategic partnership with the energy cooperative EcoPower. The city’s ambition is to become climate-neutral by 2030. Coordinated efforts between all stakeholders of the community, businesses, knowledge institutes, semi-public organisations and the local government itself are considerable. The city is now committed to shifting from ‘doing what can be achieved’ to ‘doing what must be achieved’. The success of community energy in Leuven shows that these aren't empty words. ***This episode of “City Stories” is brought to you by the EU project ...

16 MINMAY 12
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Episode with Geert Vanhorebeek from Leuven

Episode with Lucija Topic and Zoran Kordic from Croatia

For this episode, we have met two very committed people from Croatia: Zoran and Lucia. Zoran Kordic works for ZEZ, green energy cooperative in Croatia. And Lucia Topic is spatial planner in the city of Krizevci which recently became a playground for crowdinvesting in renewables. They are both driven by the personal desire to spread the “energy community virus” with solar roofs across their country. Hear the story about this collaboration between the city and a cooperative, especially around crowdinvesting in solar energy. Hear how, together, they bring answers to climate emergency and bring people closer together through activities in public space. This episode of “City Stories” is brought to you by the EU project mPower. mPower explores how cities and citizens can manage the energy transition together – in a fair, clean and democratic way. Participation can happen at various stages: from involving citizens, local NGOs or businesses in the policy design to any stage of the ener...

12 MINAPR 9
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Episode with Lucija Topic and Zoran Kordic from Croatia

Episode with Alba del Campo from Cadiz

For this episode, we have met Alba del Campo. Alba is a Spanish journalist and activist fighting for more energy democracy. She is advisor to the local authority of Cadiz since 2015. A new local government was elected in 2015 and re-elected in 2019. Since then, the city opened the energy politics to its citizens. This was a first radical change and there are more to come. Alba explains why and how they managed to introduce a new political culture and to make affordable and sustainable energy such a key topic. Did the fact that Cadiz also hosts Electrica de Cadiz, Spain’s biggest local energy company, have an impact? This episode of “City Stories” is brought to you by the EU project mPower. mPower explores how cities and citizens can manage the energy transition together - in a fair, clean and democratic way. Participation can happen at various stages: from involving citizens, local NGOs or businesses in the policy design to any stage of the energy value chain: for example as shar...

19 MINMAR 20
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Episode with Alba del Campo from Cadiz

Episode with Suvi Holm from Tampere

In this episode, we speak with Suvi Holm from the Finnish city of Tampere. Suvi is CEO of the non-profit environmental company Ekofellows (Ekokumppanit Oy). Ekofellows is owned by the municipality and advises citizens and companies on energy efficient measures and renewable energy. I first asked Suvi to describe her city. Tampere is dubbed the “Manchester of Finland” for its industrial past as the former center of Finnish industry. In this episode, Suvi will give us an insight into the Finnish soul and how that relates to the political culture in place. She will also talk about the city’s efforts to make the city carbon-neutral by 2030 and she tells us more about her own motivation to work in that field since she is 20 years old. I met and recorded Suvi during a study visit in Belgium, in the city of Ghent. This episode of “City Stories” is brought to you by the EU project mPower. mPower explores how cities and citizens can manage the energy transition together - in a fair, cle...

14 MINFEB 10
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Episode with Suvi Holm from Tampere

Episode with Sofie Verhoeven from Ghent

Last December we have met Sofie Verhoeven in her office in the city hall of Ghent. Sofie is in charge of citizen participation in this beautiful andv vibrant city in the Flemish part of Belgium. Ghent counts over 500 local initiatives, including one of the most pioneering renewable community neighbourhood. We wanted to know from Sofie how they manage to have such an active local community. In our conversation, Sofie talks about the city’s DNA, how she networks with citizens, how she nudges them and why even conflicts cannot stop her from being thrilled in her job. This episode of “City Stories” is brought to you by the EU project mPower: www.municipalpower.org. mPower explores how cities and citizens can manage the energy transition together - in a fair, clean and democratic way. Participation can happen at various stages: from involving citizens, local NGOs or businesses in the policy design to any stage of the energy value chain: for example as shareholders or even prosumers. T...

28 MINJAN 7
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Episode with Sofie Verhoeven from Ghent
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Latest Episodes

Episode with Prof. Tine de Moor, researcher on collective actions

Sometimes it’s good to look into history when we want to better see the future. That’s why we’ve interviewed the Belgian academic historian Tine de Moor over the phone. Her teaching and research at the University of Utrecht in The Netherlands focus on how collective action developed over time. We talked about the trends she observes in cooperatives and about cooperation in times of crisis. During our conversation, Tine explains why we should cooperate and the challenges she has identified for cooperatives through her research work. She also advocates for public-collective partnerships in order to fully recognise everybody's role in local transition processes: energy is an incredibly important resource and Tine de Moor believes that participation in this field is crucial. People need to be involved in the rules they have to follow and that's why she sees cooperatives as schools for democracy. In 2015, Tine published "The Dilemma of the Commoners: Understanding the Use of Common-Po...

30 MINJUL 3
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Episode with Prof. Tine de Moor, researcher on collective actions

Episode with Amsterdam's commons manager Nathalie de Loon

Today we take a look at the democratic potential of the urban commons. The commons are those resources we all share and use like water, energy, food or public space. I’ve talked to someone who deals with this in her everyday work: I’ve interviewed Nathalie de Loon who is the commons coordinator at the city council of Amsterdam. Nathalie talks about her quite unique job and the societal agreement that officially recognises the vital role commons play in the city strategy. Wonder why she connects this to a doughnut? The Dutch “do democracy” gets very concrete when you listen to Nathalie and her love with the various local initiatives where energy, heat or food are managed and shared by committed citizens. And as Nathalie and her team wanted to make Amsterdam’s commons better known, she asked an artist to produce the city’s very first commons catalogue. You can check it out here: http://heeldeaarde.net/. This episode was recorded via internet. It is part of “City Stories” is brought to you by the EU project. mPower explores how cities and citizens can manage the energy transition together – in a fair, clean and democratic way. Participation can happen at various stages: from involving citizens, local NGOs or businesses in the policy design to any stage of the energy value chain: for example as shareholders or even prosumers. The mPower project gets funding from the European Horizon 2020 programme.

19 MINJUL 2
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Episode with Amsterdam's commons manager Nathalie de Loon

Episode with Geert Vanhorebeek from Leuven

Before Covid-19 turned our lives upside down, we met with Geert Vanhorebeek in the Belgium old university town of Leuven. Geert is the city’s sustainable development advisor. You’ll see, he knows how to bring people’s ideas and engagement into municipal action. There is much to learn from Leuven on how to build on strong local communities. During the conversation, Geert tells the story of how solar energy was boosted in Leuven through a strategic partnership with the energy cooperative EcoPower. The city’s ambition is to become climate-neutral by 2030. Coordinated efforts between all stakeholders of the community, businesses, knowledge institutes, semi-public organisations and the local government itself are considerable. The city is now committed to shifting from ‘doing what can be achieved’ to ‘doing what must be achieved’. The success of community energy in Leuven shows that these aren't empty words. ***This episode of “City Stories” is brought to you by the EU project ...

16 MINMAY 12
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Episode with Geert Vanhorebeek from Leuven

Episode with Lucija Topic and Zoran Kordic from Croatia

For this episode, we have met two very committed people from Croatia: Zoran and Lucia. Zoran Kordic works for ZEZ, green energy cooperative in Croatia. And Lucia Topic is spatial planner in the city of Krizevci which recently became a playground for crowdinvesting in renewables. They are both driven by the personal desire to spread the “energy community virus” with solar roofs across their country. Hear the story about this collaboration between the city and a cooperative, especially around crowdinvesting in solar energy. Hear how, together, they bring answers to climate emergency and bring people closer together through activities in public space. This episode of “City Stories” is brought to you by the EU project mPower. mPower explores how cities and citizens can manage the energy transition together – in a fair, clean and democratic way. Participation can happen at various stages: from involving citizens, local NGOs or businesses in the policy design to any stage of the ener...

12 MINAPR 9
Comments
Episode with Lucija Topic and Zoran Kordic from Croatia

Episode with Alba del Campo from Cadiz

For this episode, we have met Alba del Campo. Alba is a Spanish journalist and activist fighting for more energy democracy. She is advisor to the local authority of Cadiz since 2015. A new local government was elected in 2015 and re-elected in 2019. Since then, the city opened the energy politics to its citizens. This was a first radical change and there are more to come. Alba explains why and how they managed to introduce a new political culture and to make affordable and sustainable energy such a key topic. Did the fact that Cadiz also hosts Electrica de Cadiz, Spain’s biggest local energy company, have an impact? This episode of “City Stories” is brought to you by the EU project mPower. mPower explores how cities and citizens can manage the energy transition together - in a fair, clean and democratic way. Participation can happen at various stages: from involving citizens, local NGOs or businesses in the policy design to any stage of the energy value chain: for example as shar...

19 MINMAR 20
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Episode with Alba del Campo from Cadiz

Episode with Suvi Holm from Tampere

In this episode, we speak with Suvi Holm from the Finnish city of Tampere. Suvi is CEO of the non-profit environmental company Ekofellows (Ekokumppanit Oy). Ekofellows is owned by the municipality and advises citizens and companies on energy efficient measures and renewable energy. I first asked Suvi to describe her city. Tampere is dubbed the “Manchester of Finland” for its industrial past as the former center of Finnish industry. In this episode, Suvi will give us an insight into the Finnish soul and how that relates to the political culture in place. She will also talk about the city’s efforts to make the city carbon-neutral by 2030 and she tells us more about her own motivation to work in that field since she is 20 years old. I met and recorded Suvi during a study visit in Belgium, in the city of Ghent. This episode of “City Stories” is brought to you by the EU project mPower. mPower explores how cities and citizens can manage the energy transition together - in a fair, cle...

14 MINFEB 10
Comments
Episode with Suvi Holm from Tampere

Episode with Sofie Verhoeven from Ghent

Last December we have met Sofie Verhoeven in her office in the city hall of Ghent. Sofie is in charge of citizen participation in this beautiful andv vibrant city in the Flemish part of Belgium. Ghent counts over 500 local initiatives, including one of the most pioneering renewable community neighbourhood. We wanted to know from Sofie how they manage to have such an active local community. In our conversation, Sofie talks about the city’s DNA, how she networks with citizens, how she nudges them and why even conflicts cannot stop her from being thrilled in her job. This episode of “City Stories” is brought to you by the EU project mPower: www.municipalpower.org. mPower explores how cities and citizens can manage the energy transition together - in a fair, clean and democratic way. Participation can happen at various stages: from involving citizens, local NGOs or businesses in the policy design to any stage of the energy value chain: for example as shareholders or even prosumers. T...

28 MINJAN 7
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Episode with Sofie Verhoeven from Ghent
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