Wind Empowerment

Wind Empowerment is an association for the development of locally built small wind turbines for sustainable rural electrification, which has been supported by the WISIONS initiative since the middle of 2014. The regional partnership WindWorks, which aimed for the promotion of small-scale wind turbines in Latin America, merged with WindEmpowerment in 2014. WindWorks was initiated and supported by WISIONS, in close cooperation with Green Empowerment from 2011 - 2014.

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WISIONS Side Event at COP23 in Bonn, 16th November

News from WISIONS posted on November 2nd, 2017

COP23, the UN Climate Change Conference 2017 will take place from 6th - 17th November under Presidency of the Government of Fiji in Bonn, Germany. The WISIONS team will participate in the conference and also host a side event on 16th November 2017.Read moreMinimize

On 16th November 2017, WISIONS is hosting a side-event in Bonn, which will take place in the Post Tower, directly next to the Bonn Zone, the event is entitled:

From Paris to Action at Local Level in the Global South – What Role Can Local Energy Practitioners and Existing Knowledge Networks Play?

Following the adoption of the Paris agreement and the SDG Agenda 2030, the focus of debate is shifting towards (a) how to connect the implementation of both agendas and find synergies; and (b) how to involve and strengthen activities of non-state actors at local level.

Energy practitioners are key actors on the frontline of efforts to provide energy services to unelectrified and under-served areas, thereby contributing to several SDGs simultaneously. 

At the same time, energy practitioner knowledge networks have proven to be successful in strengthening capacities and exchange of know-how. 

Despite this background, the role of energy practitioners as change agents is often not recognised by themselves, nor reflected in the debates on the SDGs and climate action.

In this panel discussion and two following workshops we would like to discuss these aspects with experts from different fields in the climate, energy and development contexts and with practitioners from Latin America and Asia.

Details on the event's panelists, programme and venue can be found here.

You can follow us on Twitter during the COP23 @wisions or our Wuppertal colleagues @wupperinst under the hashtag #MakingParisPossible


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Activities

Wind Empowerment acts as both a central knowledge bank and a facilitator of direct connections between its members (currently 39 organisations).

Annual Conference

The third annual conference of Wind Empowerment took place from 14 to 19 November 2016 at two different venues in the Patagonian region of Argentina. A comprehensive conference documentation is available here:WEPatagonia2016. A short kick-off video made by Cutral-Có is available here: 

Information on the previous event can be found here: WEAthens2014.

Online Platform
The webpage of Wind Empowerment is a rich source of information and an exchange platform for the members, as well as for other people interested in the network and the technology. It covers not only recent news and event information, but also contains a library of documents and articles on wind technology, research background, broadcasts and the latest information on working groups. In addition, lively dialogue takes place in the discussion forums and webinars offer background information on relevant current topics.

Working groups
Wind Empowerment Working Groups (WGs) have been set up to actively address the key barriers facing the development of small wind technology for rural development. Currently, these consist of:

Network events

Despite the staggering array of digital technologies available and used across the network, follow up meetings in person are essential to allow members to discuss their experiences face to face, share practical skills and build lasting relationships. Two events have so far taken place.

SEPS exchanges – linked to Wind Empowerment

In the last calls for SEPS project support WISIONS selected the following exchange activities from members of Wind Empowerment.

Modular Power to the People: Democratising Energy Access through Modular Power Electronics Systems

“Where the Winds Meet” – Local Construction of Small Wind Turbines in Última Esperanza, Chile

Background and development of WindEmpowerment

Prior to the establishment of WindEmpowerment, there were many unrelated organisations around the world that were using small wind power to electrify rural areas, with varying levels of success.

In 2011 in Dakar, Senegal, many of these organisations met for the first time and formed the WindEmpowerment association.  The aim was to bridge the geographical gap between its members by providing a global platform for knowledge sharing and collaboration. Shortly after the inaugural event in Dakar, the online platform WindEmpowerment.org was created, which allowed knowledge to be exchanged via webinars, a document library, a discussion forum, news articles and, of course, by Skype and email.

Coordination and support

The WindEmpowerment network is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation and is supported by several organisations, one of which is the WISIONS initiative. The coordinating person is Jessica Rivas.