WWEA Community Power, Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies and Japan Community Power Association invite the world of community power cordially to attend the 1st World Community Power Conference 2016 taking place in Fukushima City. WCPC aims at bring leading community power proponents from Japan and the world together in order to discuss the role community power has to play in the global shift towards renewable energy. WCPC will also discuss a global community power strategy and its national and local implications.
WCPC will take place on the occasion of the first anniversary of the Paris climate change agreement in which all governments of the world have agreed to switch the global energy supply to greenhouse gas neutrality by 2050, meaning in fact 100 % renewable energy. WCPC happens on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear accident and of the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear accident.
Community Power is usually defined as renewable energy installations initiated, operated and controlled by local citizens. Community power has a proven very positive impact on deployment rates of renewable energy and increases the economic benefits of renewable energies.
The 1st World Community Power Conference
2016, November 3rd (Thursday) 9:00~18:30, 4th (Friday) 9:00~12:30
Corasse Fukushima (Mikawa Minami-machi 1-20, Fukushima City, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan)
English and Japanese (simultaneous/consecutive translation)
Japan Community Power Association, Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies,World Wind Energy Association
(The 1st World Community Power Conference Executive Committee)
Fukushima City, Fukushima Renewable Future Fund
ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability
WindTech International, RECHARGE, neue energie, The BEAM
Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, EWS Schönau, Samsø Energy Academy
Umweltbundesamt (UBA), REN21, Renewable Energy Organization of Hokkaido, Network of Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs for a Sustainable Business and Energy Future, Global 100% Renewable Energy Campaign, International Solar Energy Society, International Solar Cities Initiative
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Fukushima-Minpo, Fukushima Minyu Shimbun, Yomiuri Shimbun Tokyo HQ Fukushima Bureau, Asahi Shimbun Fukushima Bureau, The Mainichi Newspapers Fukushima Bureau, Nikkei Fukushima Bureau, The Sankei Shimbun Fukushima Bureau, Fukushima Central Television, Fukushima Television Broadcasting, Fukushima Broadcasting, NHK Fukushima, Radio Fukushima, FM Fukushima, FM POCO, SEA WAVE FM IWAKI, Kitakata City FM, Koriyama Community Radio, The Toho Bank, JA East West Shirakawa, Botschaft der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Royal Danish Embassy.
Recently, more and more the attention to Community Power has been increased. Community based renewable energy projects can make the local circulation of energy resource and economy while saving the outflow of them. In the past, Japanese people have relied almost entirely on the national government, however, in this conference we wish to make this opportunity as a turning point to change such our mindset. It means that we will produce our energy by ourselves and realize local independence, and change the economic rules. Let us proceed the community based energy autonomy by bringing world wide knowledge and experience!
Along with explosive growth of renewable energy last decade, and structural change in energy supply and demand, community power and democratic process for development are playing more and more a key role for the process towards a 100% renewable energy future. This very first World Community Power Conference held in Fukushima after the 5th year anniversary of the disaster will be and must be a historical signal for the future.
Community Power has been widely recognized as a major driver of the global shift towards a 100 % renewable energy supply. Thanks to the decentralized character of renewable energy, communities are key actors in the new energy supply and communities around the world have started taking the energy supply in their own hands. The event at the symbolic location of Fukushima intends to give a boost to the close global cooperation of community power groups around the world and make community power part of the mainstream energy supply.