E49: Cash Currents: Financing the Flow of Citizen Energy Communities

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"Cash Currents: Financing the Flow of Citizen Energy" breaks down how community energy projects, led by Stanislas d'Herbemont of BruPower Cooperative, tackle the finance challenge head-on. Learn the insider's take on pushing through financial barriers to power communities sustainably and equitably. It's about real people making real change.
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In this episode of the Energ’ Ethic Podcast: “Cash Currents: Financing the Flow of Citizen Energy”, we navigate the currents of community energy financing with Stanislas D’Herbemont, a trailblazer in the realm of energy cooperatives and a pivotal figure behind the success of BruPower Cooperative in Brussels and Rescoop.EU.

The Core of Community Energy

At the intersection of sustainability, climate justice, and social equity lies the potent concept of community energy. It’s about local groups taking the reins on renewable energy generation, embodying the spirit of energy democracy. Stanislas d’Herbemont, transitioning from a career in accounting to energy communities, shares his transformative journey into the heart of community-led initiatives.

Tackling Financial Tides

The path to realizing community energy projects hinges on overcoming financial hurdles. Despite being seen as risky by traditional financial institutions, Stanislas discusses the strides made by the ACCE project in cultivating fertile ground for investment, emphasizing the significance of co-benefits — social cohesion, empowerment, and sustainable futures — as central to the movement.

Trust: The Investment Catalyst

The discussion ventures into the realms of trust and public versus private finance, revealing the nuanced challenges and opportunities in securing funds for community energy projects. Stanislas illustrates how ethical banking’s trust base can dramatically influence funding accessibility, underscoring the pivotal role of confidence in financial ecosystems.

BruPower: A Beacon of Hope

Through BruPower Cooperative, Stanislas and his team envision a Brussels powered by affordable, sustainable energy. This cooperative model not only aims to lower energy costs but also to foster a deeper understanding of energy consumption and sustainability among its members, showcasing the profound impact of communal effort.

Financial Frontiers and Collective Empowerment

Our journey with Stanislas redefines the landscape of energy investment, advocating for financial mechanisms that align with the ethos of community energy: long-term value over quick gains, stability over volatility, and collective benefit over individual profit. These initiatives highlight the untapped potential of community energy to redefine our relationship with energy, finance, and the environment.

Join the Current

As we explore the innovative financial models fueling the energy transition, we invite you to dive deeper into the world of community energy with Stanislas d’Herbemont. Discover how collective ownership, strategic financing, and shared values are powering sustainable futures in Brussels and beyond.

Be Part of the Change

Inspired by the possibilities? Engage with us as we continue to explore, discuss, and advocate for a sustainable, equitable energy future. Your support, whether through engagement, investment, or spreading the word, propels us forward in this vital transition.

Thank you for tuning in to “Cash Currents: Financing the Flow of Citizen Energy.” Let’s electrify our collective journey towards energy democracy.

Stay Energized,


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