Decentralised, networked, collaborative: This is the philosophy behind the Energieavantgarde Anhalt project involving the development of a new energy system for Germany’s Anhalt-Bitterfeld-Wittenberg region, which meets the demands of the future energy system; these demands are economic (cost-efficiency), climate policy-related (swift and widespread decarbonisation via sectoral integration) and social (broad societal participation). We believe that this can only be achieved on a regional level. That is why regional energy systems are the energy systems of the future. For this decentralization to occur, everyone needs to be on board. Therefore, many different stakeholders are involved, such as the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, the German Environment Agency as well as regional public utilities and energy providers, who are all working together with regional authorities, energy associations and civic groups. We develop all related proposals through energy forums and workshops in which citizens take part. In order for decentralization to be successful, we need to create a space for meaningful innovation within the regional energy system. For this reason, we test new businesses and participatory models through systematic start-up processes.
Everything we do is built on solid scientific foundations. Each measure is based on empirical research and the entire process is scientifically monitored.
Contact: Patricia Schulz