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My energy

In the words of Friedrich Wilhelm Raiffeisen, “that which is beyond the scope of the individual can be achieved by the many”. This has for decades also been true of the energy landscape in South Tyrol. Today, non-profit business models of energy co-operatives, oriented towards the public good and supported by the South Tyrol Energy Association, are proving particularly successful.

The Raiffeisen Association covers 60 energy co-operatives with 15,000 members. In 2013, 28 power plant co-operatives produced 262.9 gigawatt-hours of electricity in South Tyrol and supplied 14,691 consumers with cheaper energy via their own networks, totalling 988.5 kilometres in length. Electricity generation increased by 8.6% in comparison to 2012. The number of electricity consumers grew by 6.6% and electricity sales to members was up 3.4%. In other words, co-operatively run energy suppliers are growing and enjoying ever-increasing popularity.

This is hardly surprising: energy co-operatives provide electricity at cost, are democratically organised and locally oriented
– and they do not distribute any profits. The South Tyrol Energy Association is a member of the Raiffeisen Association as a co-operative, with services for co-operative operators therefore an essential “core business”.
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