ODE is the national association of citizens and cooperatives, founded in 1979, who produce renewable energy for themselves and other consumers. ODE is the largest association of energy producers and consumers in the Netherlands. It represents over 12500 members through both individual membership as through membership of ca. 15 REScoops across the Netherlands.
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Ernst Vuyk is secretary general of the Association Organisation for Renewable Energy (ODE) and was chairman of ODE when the Federation for REScoops across European Union was discussed and the charter was written in 2009. He promoted the start of a joint project and contributed to the first and second submission of the project proposal. As professional he is hired as managing consultant and lobbyist, in many occasions, for the transition towards a sustainable economy. He is founder and responsible for the Foundation ODE Projects.
"REScoop 20-20-20 will show the importance of the stakeholders in local communities for a share in the renewable energy future of Europe. Basically we need both leadership and citizenship to combine in the greatest challenge we face since the fossil fuel revolution started: to share power, to share our energy and to share the habitat of all. The project will create and stimulate connections over borders across Europe and between citizens and companies. Our biggest challenge is to connect and to inspire even a greater number of people to join this movement. My modest role in REScoop 20-20-20 is share the responsibility with Dick van Elk within the board of ODE and to share and disseminate results in any meeting across Europe if necessary."
Dick Van Elk
Dick van Elk is president and co-founder of cooperative association ‘de Windvogel.’ He is also president of the windsection of ODE where all wind energy cooperatives of the Netherland participate. For more than 20 years Dick has been promoting the REScoop movement in the Netherlands. For the last 15 years he has been fighting for the right of every citizen to produce and consume their own energy without interference from the government and energy companies. His idea of ‘self-delivery’ is now a central topic in the renewable energy debate in the Netherlands.
Siward Zomer became a volunteer at ODE after graduating from the University of Birmingham (UK) with a MA thesis on the social and political aspects of the development of renewable energy. He works as a project manager for different projects that involve citizens who want to produce their own energy. Siward has recently (30-6-2012) become a member of the board of the cooperative association ‘de Windvogel’, one of the cooperative members of ODE.
"ODE is responsible for the inventory of all REScoops in Europe. The inventory will demonstrate the immense power of citizens; their investment power, their political power but most of all their social power. This inventory will strengthen my story when I talk to politicians, council members and businesses about the REScooperative movement, but it will also strengthen the story of those who have just started to produce their own energy in a cooperative."