Launched by John Vandaele and Lina Avet, EnerGent seeks to build an energy cooperative in the Macharius district of Ghent. Residents would take charge of their own local production of clean and affordable power, independent of major producers. They particularly want to involve wind power in the scheme. As they are usually tied to a contract, wind farms are often excluded from the scope of cooperative groups, but EnerGent hopes to change that. The East Flanders provincial council is discussing a proposal to make 10% of wind power available to cooperatives and another 10% for local authorities, but EnerGent has gathered support from 5,000 citizens backing their own ambitious goal of making 50% available to local governments and cooperatives.