Energy Democracy: The transformation of the energy sector in UK and Spain

The processes involved in working towards energy democracy are not limited to the local level. Energy democracy also means to envisage the energy transition within the public administration, the energy market and to democratize energy companies. A transition towards energy democracy faces major challenges. Institutions tend to resist the process towards energy democracy, even when left governments (local, regional and national) are in place. Nevertheless, many inspiring developments towards energy democracy are taking place at the municipal level – e.g. in London, Manchester, Barcelona, Pamplona, and Cádiz.

This workshop addresses the conditions for an energy transition with regard to public administration, policy guidelines as well as administration. It aims at sharing experience among left political actors in Europe, with a focus on ongoing processes in UK and Spain. We particularly invite energy experts of left parties, advisors of political parties and civil servants who currently implement the energy transition, or who might have this task in the near future.

Energy experts in the ministries, local and regional governments, public administration, political parties; social economy actors, trade unions, social movements and NGOs

English, Spanish

The Foundry, 17 Oval Way, London, SE11 5RR


Global Justice Now, London
Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Brussels
Transnational Institute, Amsterdam


Marlis Gensler, Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Brussels, marlis.gensler(at)rosalux(dot)org


Wednesday, 14 September 2016
19:00    Get Together

Thursday, 15 September 2016
09:00 – 09:45    Welcome and Round of introductions

Part 1: A Vision for Energy Democracy - strategic and political approach
09:45 – 10:15    Energy Democracy: what is it and why do we need it?
10:15 – 11:45    Visions: What should be the left strategy today in the energy sector?
11:45 – 12:00    Coffee break
12:00 – 13:00    Policy making: How to transform ideas of energy democracy into policies? (municipal energy and council-led initiatives)

13:00 – 14:00    Lunch break

Part 2: Energy Democracy – Key areas for training and capacity development
14:00 – 14:45    Financing: How to finance energy democracy?
14:45 – 16:00    Social forces: How to build social forces, how to build alliances?
16:00 – 16:15    Coffee break

16:15 – 17:00    Sharing experiences
17:00 – 17:30    Closing discussion

Speakers and presentations:
Alba del Campo, energy advisor of Cadiz City
Maria Campuzano, Xarxa per la sobirania energética, Barcelona, Spain
Pablo Cotarelo, energy advisor of Barcelona City
Armando Cuenca, Pamplona City Council
David Hall, Director of the Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU) at Greenwich University Business School
Emilia Melville, Bristol Energy Co-op
Mika Minio-Palluelo, Platform London
David Powell, New Economics Foundation
Molly Walsh, Friends of the Earth Europe