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Energy crunch in Belgium drives spike in demand for renewable energy cooperatives

Powering Belgian pensioner Bernadette Vandercammen's art deco mansion in the northern town of Eeklo is a challenge at the best of times, let alone when soaring energy prices have left millions of Europeans struggling to pay their bills.

However, the 67-year-old now pays only about half of what she would pay a commercial provider because she belongs to one of Belgium's dozens of local energy cooperatives - citizen-owned initiatives investing in renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Such cooperatives, which rely on their own production rather than buying from volatile markets, have seen a huge spike in demand as the energy crunch has hit consumers.

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