ManagEnergy is a technical support initiative of the Intelligent Energy - Europe (IEE) programme of the European Commission which aims to assist actors from the public sector and their advisers working on energy efficiency and renewable energy at the local and regional level.

Articles

  • Energy efficiency investment – Is Europe open for business?

    Published on 25 Mar 2014

    In this ManagEnergy interview Dr Steve Fawkes, author and entrepreneur, talks about how to unlock the energy efficiency value opportunity. 

  • Quatras energetica: A Dutch company's approach to provide low cost, secure energy for businesses

    Published on 14 Mar 2014

    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.

  • Bulgaria: Best practice in energy efficiency financing

    Published on 11 Mar 2014

    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. 

  • Learning from JESSICA in Lithuania

    Published on 11 Mar 2014

    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).  

  • Interview with Erik Brender and Karina Svanborg about Denmark's smart meter project

    Published on 06 Mar 2014

    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.

  • Money for renewable, clean and energy efficient innovations

    Published on 27 Feb 2014

    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.

  • Get smart: European Investment Bank finances smart grid project on Greek islands

    Published on 19 Feb 2014

    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. 

  • Public authorities: Your opportunities in the Horizon 2020 Energy Efficiency Call

    Published on 17 Feb 2014

    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.

  • City of Ghent helps local SMEs to save over 20% of their energy consumption

    Published on 10 Feb 2014

    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.

  • Finland: strategic positioning for eco-innovation and cleantech

    Published on 04 Feb 2014

    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.

  • Chieti towards 2020

    Published on 30 Jan 2014

    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.

  • Bristol Discovers How To Energise Citizens about Community Energy

    Published on 27 Jan 2014

    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’.

  • Driving the sustainable energy revolution

    Published on 22 Jan 2014

    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 – what’s in it for local authorities?

    Published on 21 Jan 2014

    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.  

  • Looking forward to the Greek presidency: Views from Crete

    Published on 20 Jan 2014

    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.

  • Resource efficiency and the circular economy

    Published on 16 Jan 2014

    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.

  • Interview with Steen Danielsen, project leader Solrod Municipality

    Published on 13 Jan 2014

    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. 

  • Worth its salt

    Published on 09 Jan 2014

    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. 

  • Financing deep renovation of buildings

    Published on 09 Jan 2014

    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. 

  • Planning for EU Structural Funds 2014-2020: Views from Wales and Romania

    Published on 18 Dec 2013

    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.