8: ENERGY TRILEMMA
Reinhard Koch’s ambition was born of his belief that a town should provide all the basic utilities for its citizens. In Güssing the local administration already oversaw drinking water and waste water, but not energy – this being in the hands of private energy providers. But, with new technologies and a different financial model, Reinhard was convinced a new approach could outperform the incumbent centralised, privately owned system, while keeping money in the local economy. Of course, most people thought he was crazy.
Peter tells the story of Güssing’s transformation to an audience in Newcastle, UK.