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