Private corporations own most of the world’s electricity infrastructure, which means local governments and citizens have only limited control over their utilities. Taking back ownership creates the conditions for local, democratic decision-making around infrastructure placement, availability, pricing, and power sources.
- Form a publicly-owned electric power provider with The American Public Power Association’s guide Public Power for Your Community, which includes case studies (US).
- Pair this action with other campaigns and policies for energy democracy by visiting our Advocate for energy democracy page in this guide.
- The German community group Our Hamburg, Our Grid, Germany ousted multinational energy giant Vattenfall and replaced it with a local power utility.
- The residents of Feldheim, Germany, funded and built their own electrical grid powered by 100% renewable energy after the utility company refused to sell or lease its grid to the village.