Companies & Finance

Renewables help spread of energy cooperatives

One of the co-founders of Belgium’s Ecopower explains the thinking behind the cooperative model of energy company that is spreading across Northwest Europe One of the co-founders of Belgium’s Ecopower explains the thinking behind the cooperative model of energy company that is spreading across Northwest Europe.
By Silvia Favasuli 5 September 2017 0 27447
Solar installations in Berlin, Germany. (Berliner Energieagentur)

Dirk Vansintjan, one of the founders of Belgium’s Ecopower and president of REScoop.eu, spoke to Interfax Natural Gas Daily about how a cooperative model of energy company better suits renewable power production and how gas players can find opportunities in the sector.

Interfax Natural Gas Daily: How does Ecopower work? How was the cooperative started?

Dirk Vansintjan: Ecopower is a cooperative of 50,000 people. Our members are both consumers and owners of power plants. Every member owns at least one share of the company, [each of] which...