"Back there we see the Lingen nuclear power plant," says Thomas Voss, pointing north across the undulating Münsterland . "And there is the Ibbenburen coal-fired power station," he continues, now pointing east. "In between we have spread out." We, that is the energy cooperative of the Energielandwerker, which has grown into a strong association of power plant operators of the other, more sustainable type in the northern Münsterland. To date, around 155 renewable energy plants have joined forces in order to operate as a cooperative on the market. The cooperative's generation capacity is more than 270 megawatts, ranging from wind power to bioenergy and photovoltaics. Some loners between the omnipresent fossil power plants? With this renewable energy capacity, they are more likely to be a major regional player in the new energy world..