In this ManagEnergy interview Dr Steve Fawkes, author and entrepreneur, talks about how to unlock the energy efficiency value opportunity.
In the latest of a series of articles on Mobilising Local Energy Investment (MLEI), ManagEnergy looks at the prospects of Etriplus, a Dutch energy company aimed at providing low cost and secure energy supply for existing business. Secure, green and affordable supply will also help attract new business to the agro-industrial area of Greenport Venlo.
The Energy Efficiency and Renewable Sources Fund in Bulgaria (EERSF) was established to provide financial and technical assistance for public and private sector energy efficiency (EE) projects in Bulgaria.
Energy efficiency in Lithuania’s housing stock is set to improve dramatically over the next five years as the country implements an ambitious apartment building renovation programme supported by the European Commission (EC) and the European Investment Bank (EIB).
The City of Aarhus in Denmark is in the process of rolling out smart heat meters to 53,000 district heating customers. Two experts, Erik Brender and Karina Svanborg, tell ManagEnergy about the smart meters, how the data can be used and discovering unexpected benefits through the project.
The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) has launced a call for proposals through its Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) for InnoEnergy. The call seeks proposals that strengthen innovation and entrepreneurship chiefly within the field of sustainable energy.
The term ‘smart grid’ describes the use of information technology to improve the electricity transmission system—in particular to make it more efficient. Today, many utilities rely on power stations with oversized generating capacity to handle peak loads. Smart grids exploit new hard- and software to better match electricity supply with fluctuating electricity demand.
Horizon 2020, the European Commission’s EUR 80 billion research and innovation programme is offering generous funding to help public authorities carry out sustainable energy policies. Here are six calls of particular interest to public authorities.
The city of Ghent has set itself the target of becoming climate neutral in 2050. Businesses are an important partner in reaching these targets. As part of the INTERREG project Answers to the Carbon Economy (ACE) , the municipality carries out energy audits, formulates action plans and helps companies to structurally monitor their savings. The first SMEs have completed the project with the first results showing reductions between 10 and 20 percent.
In a bid to brand the nation as 'the most environmentally friendly in the world,' the Finnish government is creating financial and structural supports aimed to propel cleantech businesses across the country to international success.
The work of one energy agency in rural Italy has led to investment of over EUR 90 million in energy efficiency in the region. Through a series of energy efficiency, energy management and transport upgrades, the award-winning Province of Chieti now aims to achieve a 25 % reduction in CO2 emissions by 2020.
Low-income residents are getting free solar PV installations upon joining Bristol Power Co-op (UK), who have gained recognition across Europe for their pioneering work. ‘It would be easy selling ‘free’ solar energy to greenies’, said the co-op’s chair David Saunders. ‘The challenge was to see if we could persuade people in an area of social disadvantage to go for it’.
For the Region of Nord-Pas-de-Calais in France, radical change is safer than another year of business as usual. Last year was spent designing a detailed masterplan to pull the region out of economic and environmental crisis and turn it into 'a lighthouse of the Third Industrial Revolution.' This year, the plan will be put into action.
Horizon2020, the European Commission’s flagship research and innovation funding programme has launched, aimed at shaping the future of scientific endeavor in the European Union and beyond. Horizon2020 builds upon the successes of FP7 and the Intelligent Energy Europe programme, as the focus moves from research & development in public-private partnerships to market uptake activities.
ManagEnergy spoke with Nikolas Zografakis, director of the Regional Energy Agency of Crete (REAC), ahead of Greece’s inauguration for the EU Presidency this month. REAC is one of the oldest energy agencies in Europe, and the first in Greece, established in 1993.
With traditional resources fast depleting, how can a globalised economy survive? The European Commission has declared that a circular economy is the only path out of the current crisis to a prosperous Europe ‒ and it is depending on SMEs to drive that change.
An innovative project led by Solrød Municipality (Denmark) proved to be an exciting start for Mobilising Local Energy Investment (MLEI), the most recent funding initiative under Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE). The Solrød biogas plant is the first project of MLEI, and as such augurs well for the success of the initiative.
In 2007, El Hierro, the smallest of the Spanish Canary islands (also a UNESCO biosphere reserve) announced its intention to become one of the world’s first islands entirely supplied by renewable energy.
Significant funding for the energy efficient renovation of buildings is available to Member States in the next funding period of the European structural funds. How to spend it well is a leading issue for managing authorities and their partners in delivering operational programmes – here’s a few ideas.
ManagEnergy spoke with Karl James of the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO), which is the Managing Authority for Structural Funds in Wales. They have been designing their programmes for 2014-2020 for over a year now, and have already published drafts to help stakeholders with planning and development of Structural Funds projects.