ManagEnergy Newsletter - January 2010

Dear Reader

We are pleased to announce that ManagEnergy activities have restarted in January 2010 with the support of the Intelligent Energy - Europe (IEE) Programme. The ManagEnergy Annual Conference takes place on the morning of 24 March 2010 during the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) and, as in previous years, we will be presenting the ManagEnergy Local Energy Action Award during the conference. We encourage you all to submit your case studies by 26 February 2010 for consideration for the award.

On the afternoon of 24 March, ManagEnergy is organising a workshop on the new ELENA funding programme. This will be the first in a series of workshops on a range of topics to be organised by ManagEnergy during 2010 and 2011.

Over the next few months the website will be revamped and the online services expanded. A new interactive site will enable you to find relevant information more quickly and will aim to further facilitate networking between local and regional energy actors. In addition, the KidsCorner website will be extended to include Vocational Training.

Further news about the new activities in 2010 will be available soon. In the meantime, the partner search service has been reopened in anticipation of the Intelligent Energy - Europe (IEE) Info Day on 3 February, in good time for the IEE 2010 call for proposals later this year.   We look forward to meeting you during the forthcoming events and working with you to further develop the ManagEnergy services to support and promote local and regional energy action throughout Europe.

ManagEnergy Support Team

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Call for Case Studies for the ManagEnergy Local Energy Action Award 2010

Are you an energy agency, a local authority or an actor developing projects at local level?

Do you have a completed Energy Action that:

  • Has demonstrated a positive contribution to energy efficiency and use of renewable energies in Europe?
  • Is suitable for replication by energy actors at regional and local level?

If yes, you now have the chance to submit your Case Study to the ManagEnergy Local Energy Action Award!

The winning project will be selected by a jury with representatives from Energy Agencies, the industry and Cities. Besides having a chance to win the Local Energy Action Award, submitted Case Studies have the opportunity to be:

  • Highlighted and promoted on the ManagEnergy website
  • Included in a ManagEnergy Good Practice leaflet to be widely distributed
  • Presented and discussed at various ManagEnergy events throughout Europe

The Awards competition opens on 26 January 2010. The Deadline for submission of your case study is 26 February 2010.

The winner is expected to present the project during the ManagEnergy Annual Conference. The Conference takes place on 24 March in Brussels during EUSEW 2010. Please note that the jury decision will be known only on 17 March 2010.

Details of previous winning actions can be found on the Local Energy Action Award page.

ManagEnergy Annual Conference - 24 March 2010

The ninth ManagEnergy Annual Conference for Local Energy Actors in Europe will take place on the morning of 24 March 2010 in the Charlemagne Building, Brussels, Belgium as part of the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW).

The theme of this year's conference is "Delivering Sustainable Energy Commitments" Public Authorities and Energy Agencies working with local and regional communities. Through this event, the European Commission's Directorate-General for Energy and Transport, the Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (EACI) and the ManagEnergy team aim to offer local and regional energy actors the opportunity to learn and benefit from presentations covering a range of topics from policy to case studies to project financing.

The conference page of this site contains further information including a draft programme and will be updated in the next few days and weeks as speakers are confirmed.

Further information about the ManagEnergy Annual Conference 2010

ELENA: New Source of Funding for Local Energy Action

On 15 December 2009, the European Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB), the bank of the EU Member States, announced the launch of a grant aid initiative to help local and regional authorities make investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy. The global fight against climate change is a top priority for the European Union and it is acknowledged that local actors will play a significant role in meeting this challenge. The European Local Energy Assistance (ELENA) facility  is designed to help cities and regions, through the provision of technical assistance, structure and implement projects in the most efficient way so they can attract outside finance.

Urban areas represent around 70% of the energy consumption of the EU yet the potential for sustainable energy related investments remains largely untapped. The ELENA facility aims at helping cities and regions implement viable investment projects in the areas of energy efficiency; renewable energy sources and sustainable urban transport, replicating success stories from other parts of Europe. Projects will be assessed by engineers and economists at the EIB. The technical assistance will be funded from the Intelligent Energy - Europe II (IEE) programme. A budget of 15 million euro is available for the first year of facility operation.

European Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs said: "With ELENA, we are launching another practical instrument aiming at unlocking the sustainable energy investment potential in European regions and cities. With more than 1000 cities now having joined the Covenant of Mayors, this facility can help tackle the effects of the financial crisis at the best place, the local level, contributing to growth and jobs. I am convinced that with ELENA, cities and regions will have the best opportunity to mobilise all efforts, financial resources and actors needed to contribute to our European targets."

Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Joaquín Almunia added: "The ELENA facility, created in partnership between DG ECFIN, TREN and EIB, will ensure that public administrations in Europe have access to specialist financing and technical skills to deliver large scale investment programmes in energy efficiency and renewable technologies that will contribute to fighting climate change and to the creation of much-needed new jobs."

EIB President Philippe Maystadt said: "We see a large potential for energy efficiency in Europe and are receiving an increasing number of requests for finance. This year we expect to lend more than 1 billion euro for energy efficiency-related projects throughout the European Union. Through ELENA we will be able to offer additional support to cities and regions, helping to accelerate investments and thus contributing to the success of the EU's 20-20-20 goals."

Technical assistance, supported by the ELENA facility, can be provided to a local or regional authority or another public body or a grouping of such bodies coming from the countries participating in the IEE programme. The investment programmes supported by the facility shall contribute to achieving the 20-20-20 objectives. Full details of the conditions attached to the grant financing and an explanatory brochure are available at: www.eib.org/elena

ManagEnergy Capacity Building Workshop on the ELENA facility - 24 March 2010

The launch of the ELENA technical assistance facility is generating a lot of interest, but also raises questions from the local and regional authorities and energy agencies. In order to clarify the exact mission of ELENA and the potential of the initiative for local actors, a half-day interactive workshop will be organised on the afternoon of 24 March 2010 in Brussels at the Committee of the Regions, following the ManagEnergy Annual Conference, as part of the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW).

We anticipate that this workshop will be very popular. Hence, in order to maximise the effectiveness of the event, participation will be restricted to the target organisations most likely to qualify for technical assistance - i.e. local and regional authorities, energy agencies and other similar organisations.

ELENA Workshop page

Intelligent Energy - Europe (IEE) Information Day - 3 February 2010

The Intelligent Energy - Europe (IEE) Information Day takes place on 3 February 2010 in Brussels, Belgium and live on the internet. Your next chance to have your project supported by the EU's Intelligent Energy - Europe programme is close as the next call for proposals will be published in Spring 2010. Applying for IEE funding is a competitive process, and the contracts will be awarded only to the best project proposals. Attending the European IEE Info Day 2010 will help you develop a good proposal and increase your chances to apply successfully. You will also have the opportunity to find project partners from across Europe.

Find out more about the IEE Info Day | Submit a Partner Search Request

EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) - 22-26 March 2010

EUSEW logoWe all know it: our energy future must be different from today's situation. New and renewable energy sources must replace fossil fuels. We will need to use energy more efficiently – the future has to be low-carbon. This is what the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW), 22-26 March 2010, is set to address.

What's in it for you?

  1. Many Energy Days across the EU – Go ahead and register yours!
    Wherever you live in Europe, you can be part of the EUSEW by organising an Energy Day in your region or town. If your event promotes energy efficiency or renewable energy and will take place from 22-26 March (including preceding and following weekends), sign up your event on the EUSEW Website Energy Days in Europe
  2. A series of high-level events in Brussels – be a part of it!
    European institutions, associates of the Sustainable Energy Europe Campaign, and other important players in the field will organise a series of events in Brussels during the EUSEW, such as the 3-day policy and networking conference in the premises of the European Commission from 23 to 25 March which includes the ManagEnergy Annual Conference 2010 and the ManagEnergy ELENA Workshop. If you plan to organise an event on renewable energy or energy efficiency in Brussels, it is possible to add it to the agenda of EUSEW events in Brussels. You profit from more visibility and free registration services. How? Simply get in touch with the EUSEW secretariat (eusew@sustenergy.org).


Find out more about EUSEW and the events taking place during the week on the official website: www.eusew.eu