Articles

  • ELENA funds municipal power in Green Capital Bristol

    Published on 11 Dec 2015

    Bristol has made a name for itself as one of the UK’s most progressive cities – and is currently holding the prestigious Green Capital title . Now, with help from the EIB via ELENA funding , Bristol is setting up its own energy company. A spokesperson from Bristol City Council tells us all about it.

  • Setting up a local sustainable energy investment fund: Empowerment and a ‘can-do’ approach go a long way

    Published on 27 Nov 2015

    Supported by Intelligent Energy Europe, the project Mobilising Local Energy Investment (MLEI) Cambridgeshire (L-CIF), which has been running since late 2012, aimed at testing the business case for a local Low Carbon Investment Fund by using public money and public sector projects to leverage private investment and develop a bankable pipeline of projects.

  • Learning from IEE Sustainable Energy Communities

    Published on 24 Nov 2015

    The context for sustainable energy has changed rapidly during the last decade – with many new players – financial institutions, national authorities and grassroots initiatives (such as the community energy movement ) engaged and active in the field.

  • Local authorities aggregating ESCO projects: trust and ambition

    Published on 26 Oct 2015

    According to Lieven Vanstraelen, Co-CEO, Inerginvest, Belgium, who will be speaking at ESCO Europe 2015, one of the most distinct trends in the European ESCO market today is that of aggregation.  A growing number of projects are coming out, such as Gre-Liège, where aggregation is being used to kickstart the markets. This trend, which began two years ago, is even more accentuated today.

  • The changing role of energy agencies

    Published on 15 Oct 2015

    Energy agencies originated over twenty years ago under the SAVE programme. As local and regional climate action goes mainstream, the role of the energy agency is changing along with public perception and support for sustainable energy. Are energy agencies coming of age?

  • OPEN DAYS 2015 - ManagEnergy's pick of events

    Published on 09 Oct 2015

    See ManagEnergy’s pick of events below – stay tuned for reports or follow us @EU_ManagEnergy – and if you’re in Brussels come and say hello.

    Happy Open Days – see you there!

  • Active transport in the metropolitan century

    Published on 14 Sep 2015

    Interested stakeholders – such as staff working on mobility in municipalities or regional authorities, elected officials of municipalities and regions, energy and mobility experts, members of the European Parliament and institutions – are invited to join the upcoming Open Days workshop on Active transport in the metropolitan century: Policies and measures to support walking and cycling and their impact on urban development.

  • Open Days workshop on financing efficiency, heating and cooling

    Published on 14 Sep 2015

    This year’s policy push on heating and cooling along with the impetus for moving beyond grants and into more sustainable financial instruments set the context for this important workshop.

  • ‘Energy transition can only happen at the local level’

    Published on 02 Jul 2015

    Marie Donnelly is a Director at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Energy. Here she talks about empowering citizens in the energy transition and her vision of Europe’s energy future. 

  • Funding for SMEs to innovate for low carbon energy

    Published on 11 May 2015

    As part of the Horizon 2020 programme, the European Commission is hand-picking potentially disruptive businesses to invest and support as part of the SME Instrument. Successful applicants could receive up to €2.5 million in funding, and world-class business coaching.

  • What is smart specialisation?

    Published on 20 Mar 2015

    What is smart specialisation? In a nutshell, this is a new aspect of regional policy which can support the most effective use of the EUR 38 billion ESI funds allocated for transition to a low carbon economy between now and 2020.

  • Osona Energy Agency: engaging municipalities for collective, sustainable finance

    Published on 05 Dec 2014

    Osona is a region north of Barcelona accounting for 51 municipalities and a population of 160 000 inhabitants. The Local Energy Agency of Osona (ALEO in its Catalan acronym) has a mandate to cut energy costs and CO2 emissions through energy efficiency measures and the development of renewable energy sources. Learn how they did it here.

  • Sustainable energy action accelerates in ‘the most beautiful city in the world’

    Published on 23 Oct 2014

    Ljubljana is aiming for up to EUR 50 million investments into sustainable energy until 2016 – a serious boost to the energy performance contracting market in the region and greening public infrastructure. Miha Tomšič reports from ‘the most beautiful city in the world’.

  • Gore & Blix to visit Danish municipality heading for 100 % renewables

    Published on 23 Sep 2014

    Global VIPs are set to debate international energy security – at the municipality of Ringkøbing-Skjern in Denmark aiming for 100 % renewables

  • ANDALUCÍA A+

    Published on 08 Jul 2014

    The ‘ENERGY SAVING AT HOME’ programme is an energy saving programme for Andalusia’s domestic and residential sectors which work closely with supplier companies to simplify the process for end-users and encourage energy efficiency.

  • Flemish Brabant municipalities join sustainable energy transition

    Published on 20 Jun 2014

    Showing the commitment of local leaders to achieving sustainable energy transition, the mayors of 57 municipalities in the Belgian province of Flemish Brabant (Vlaams-Brabant) will sign the Covenant of Mayors on 25 June 2014.

  • The changing landscape of energy efficiency in Europe: An interview with Paolo Bertoldi

    Published on 19 May 2014

    Paolo Bertoldi (source: Siemens)ManagEnergy spoke with Paolo Bertoldi of the Joint Research Centre’s Institute for Energy and Transport about growth in sustainable energy financing, the role of energy agencies at the local level, and the outstanding success of the Covenant of Mayors initiative. 

  • Severn Wye Energy Agency helps fight fuel poverty in Wiltshire

    Published on 09 May 2014

    Achieve is a ground-breaking project run by Severn Wye aimed at lifting people out of unemployment and helping households cut their energy bills at the same time.Run in partnership with Wiltshire Council, Achieve provides free home energy assessments, advice and installation of simple energy saving devices to residents living in and around the Trowbridge and Melksham areas of Wiltshire.

  • Learning from ELENA-REDIBA in Spain EUR 100 million investment in EE & RES

    Published on 14 Apr 2014

    How ingenuity allowed Barcelona Province’s sustainable energy efforts to succeed in the face of economic recession. ManagEnergy speaks with Deputy Mercè Rius Serra and Officer Albert Vendrell Roca of Barcelona Provincial Council about Spain’s first ELENA-supported project, REDIBA.