Boris Gotchev

Boris Gotchev studied political science at the Freie Universität Berlin. As a member of the Transdisciplinary Panel on Energy Change (TPEC) at the IASS, he studies the financial participation of private citizens in the expansion of renewables and policy design in this area. His master’s thesis examined citizen-led energy initiatives in Germany and Denmark.

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Federal States Introduce Schemes for Citizen Participation in Wind Energy Projects – Part 1

On 20 April 2016 the federal state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern enacted the so-called “Citizen and Municipal Participation Law” in an effort to boost acceptance for new wind energy projects and ensure they add value to local economies. Thuringia has also adopted a set of voluntary guidelines for “Fair Wind Energy “ that aim to enhance the...
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Civic Participation in the Energiewende: What Germany Can Learn from Denmark

Citizen-led energy initiatives are a cornerstone of the German Energiewende. But 2014 was a tough year for them: considerably less energy cooperatives were founded by citizens than in 2013, and the political framework for such initiatives changed drastically. In 2012 almost half of the total installed renewable energy capacity in Germany was owned by private...
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