Take the chance and meet FEVER at the virtual Networking Village of Europe’s biggest conference dedicated to renewables and efficient energy use, the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW). The Networking Village complements the high-level EUSEW Policy Conference with it´s virtual Energy Fair with several exhibitors to share content and connect with participants and the Energy Talks discussing projects, ideas and actions in the field of sustainable energy.
From 25 until 29 October FEVER is represented at the Energy Fair with a digital booth. Meet the FEVER team to get first hand information on our project progress.
On 27 October from 12.45 – 13.15h FEVER hosts an Energy Talk together with our partner H2020 project Platone arising the question of how energy democracy and system stability can go together. Or to put it in another way: Socrates or Plato – whom shall the future energy system follow?
EUSEW Energy Talk: Socrates or Plato – whom shall the future energy system follow?
Socrates and Plato agreed: „The secret of change is to focus energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new".
For different reasons both said that democracy is a good step forward but not the ultimate solution. Nonetheless, Socrates defended the democratic system he lived in, while Plato distrusted democracy more. Mainly because in democracies he saw people prioritizing wealth and property accumulation as the highest good – rather than searching for wisdom, knowledge and bests solutions. Socrates had invented a method for it: activating people by asking questions in a dialectic method making them think through a problem to a logical conclusion.
In the light of European Commission´s goal consumer in the center: Is that the method we need to better involve consumers, customers and citizens in the clean energy transition?
This leads to the more concrete questions:
- How much technical distribution will we see?
- How much democratic decision can we give to citizens?
- How much democracy do we need to make energy transition happen?
Our four experts will give their key position in 99 seconds each to stimulate discussion:
- Prof. Antonello Monti, RWTH Aachen, coordinator EU project Platone)
- Christopher Schneider, Stadtwerk Haßfurt, EU project FEVER
- Esther Hardi, Energy community 2030.nu, ETIP SNET
- Todor Galev, Center for the Study of Democracy in Sofia, EU projects ENABLE.EU & REFEREE
The Introduction and moderation of the session is up to Ludwig Karg, B.A.U.M. Consult, projects Platone, FEVER, REFEREE and ETIP SNET.
To join the discussion and meet our consortium at the digital booth of the Energy Fair you just need to register for the EUSEW (free of charge).