In times of Euroscepticism, nationalism and populism, those in favour of a united Europe urgently look for ways to reconnect the crisis-stricken continent. Renewable energy might be the answer. The continent has always been dependent on energy imports to grow its economy. More than half of all the energy consumed in the 28 member states is imported, at a cost of more than €1 billion per day. Energy also makes up more than 20% of total EU imports. Renewable energy provides the opportunity for the EU to get closer again to its citizens, to revive democratic participation and to strengthen its core values. The Dutch Gemeente Emmen and their German neighbour town Haren on the other side of the border are building a regional, decentralised and mostly communal cross-border renewable energy system: “We want to work with our neighbours in Germany to become carbon neutral and strengthen our local economy.” says Melinda Loonstra-Buzogány from the Dutch municipality Emmen.
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