ManagEnergy Newsletter - December 2010

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One month left for the submission of ManagEnergy Case Studies!
Deadline: 14 January 2011

ManagEnergy Awards winners 2010Are you an energy agency, a local authority or an actor developing projects at regional/local level?  Do you have a completed project that demonstrates a positive contribution to energy efficiency and/or the use of renewable energy? Can your initiative be replicated by energy actors at regional/local level? Take the opportunity and submit your case study now! You may be the winner of the 2011 ManagEnergy Local Energy Action Award.
Your case study will undergo a transparent evaluation process under previously established criteria and will be assessed for its eligibility as Good Practice.
Selected Good Practice case studies will be:

Please submit your case study by filling in the ManagEnergy case study template and send it to award@managenergy.net. The call will close on 14 January 2011!

Submit your case study now!

The ManagEnergy website offers actors the chance to promote their events and activities

Through a selection of new interactive facilities, energy actors at the local and regional level have the opportunity to promote their upcoming events, current activities and latest news, by providing articles for publication on the revamped ManagEnergy website.

The ManagEnergy website is more than just a tool to disseminate information. It is designed to act as a forum through which energy actors can promote their activities and highlight their achievements. For this reason, the website offers a number of interactive tools for users to propose content for publication.

add your eventPromote your event

Through the ‘add your event’ tool – accessible through the homepage of the ManagEnergy website – energy actors at the local and regional level can submit details of their upcoming events.

The ManagEnergy website highlights a wide array of events every year, both through the ManagEnergy Events section and the Events Diary. Two events from each section are profiled on the homepage at all times. All events featured on the ManagEnergy website also automatically feature on the electronic map and are stored in the events archive.

Showcase your organisation

Focus OnIn addition to promoting events, energy agencies, in particular, can raise awareness of their organisation’s activities through the website’s Focus On section. This area of the website gives energy agencies the chance to showcase their achievements, with a regional/local emphasis.

Are you an energy agency with an interesting story to share with the ManagEnergy community? Have you taken an initiative in the area of renewable energy and/or energy efficiency that you would like others to know about? Please feel free to send your input to info@managenergy.net.

Share your latest news

The ManagEnergy website is dedicated to reporting on the latest developments in renewable energy and energy efficiency. News articles covering local, regional, national and European issues are regularly featured on the website’s News page. ManagEnergy is constantly on the lookout for breaking energy-related news. Energy actors are invited to send articles for publication to info@managenergy.net.

Commission launches major investment programme for innovative low-carbon technologies

NER 300The European Commission launched in November the first call for proposals for the world’s largest programme of investment in renewable energy and low carbon demonstration projects. The initiative, known as NER300, will provide substantial financial support for at least 34 projects involving innovative renewable energy technologies and at least eight projects involving carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies.

The aim is to drive low carbon economic development in Europe, creating new 'green' jobs and contributing to the achievement of the EU's ambitious climate change goals. The European Investment Bank is collaborating with the Commission in the implementation of the programme. Companies interested in making proposals have 3 months to submit bids at national level.

Climate Action Commissioner Connie Hedegaard said: "The NER300 is a good example that together, EU 27 can do more than we can individually. Through using revenues from selling of CO2 allowances, around €4.5 billion will be available for innovative renewable energy technologies and CCS. With project sponsors and Member States contributions this will sum up to €9 billion.”

Funding is targeted to demonstration projects involving innovative renewable energy technologies and CCS. At least one project, and a maximum of three, will be funded per Member State.

The programme will leverage investments of more than €9 billion as the NER300 initiative will fund up to 50% of the construction and operation costs of the renewables and CCS projects. NER300 funding can be combined with financing from other EU instruments, including the Structural and Cohesion Funds and the European Energy Programme for Recovery (EEPR).

Commission highlights importance of renewables and energy efficiency in Europe’s energy infrastructure

Energy Infrastructure PackageThe European Commission has presented renewable energy and energy efficiency as two key priorities of the EU energy infrastructure for the next two decades. In a Communication published on 17 November 2010, the Commission has outlined EU priority corridors for the transport of electricity, gas and oil.

Günther Oettinger, Commissioner for Energy, said: "Energy infrastructure is key to all our energy goals: from security of supply, the integration of renewable energy sources and energy efficiency to the proper functioning of the internal market. It is therefore essential that we pull together our resources and accelerate the realisation of EU priority projects."

The priorities set-out by the Commission will influence future decisions on the permitting and financing of EU projects. Furthermore, they have defined a limited number of EU priority corridors for which urgent development is needed to deliver on European Union policy goals of competitiveness, sustainability and security of supply.

Two such EU priority corridors have been identified in the electricity sector to ensure the efficient transport of renewable energy:

  • An offshore grid in the Northern Seas and connection to Northern and Central Europe to transport power produced by offshore wind parks to consumers in big cities and to store power in the hydro electric power plants in the Alps and the Nordic countries.
  • Interconnections in South Western Europe to transport power generated from wind, solar, hydro to the rest of the continent.

Clean Vehicle Portal:
visit the new website for identifying greener and more efficient vehicles

Clean Vehicle EuropeThe European Commission has launched an easy-to-use website designed to help public authorities, transport operators charged with public service obligations and member of the public who care about the environment choose the cleanest and most energy-efficient vehicles available.

The Clean Vehicle Portal will be of great help as a new directive on the promotion of clean and energy efficient vehicles requires that from this month onwards all purchases of vehicles by public authorities or by transport operators charged with public service obligations take into account energy consumption, CO2 emissions and pollutant emissions over the whole lifetime of a vehicle.

The Portal provides information on legislation for clean and energy-efficient vehicles at the EU level and in all Member States. It offers insight into different technologies and into energy consumption and emissions of the vehicles available on European markets. It gives an overview of existing procurement rules and incentive schemes for clean and energy-efficient vehicles in the different Member States, and offers informative and interactive support to joint procurement.

Vice-President Siim Kallas, responsible for transport, said: "This directive and this website will give a boost to clean and energy-efficient technologies by showing the real cost of using vehicles. Not only should the initial purchase cost be considered, but also the vehicle's lifetime energy consumption and pollutant emissions. In line with our policy to price in all costs, it makes sense to go for the greener option."

The development of the Clean Vehicle Portal is being managed by the Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (EACI).

Discover the ‘IEE mag’: the new magazine providing an insight into the Intelligent Energy – Europe programme

IEE magThe Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (EACI) has launched a new magazine entitled ‘IEE mag’. This new publication is set to cover a wide range of projects, actions and initiatives running under the Intelligent Energy – Europe programme.

Published in six languages – English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Polish – the new magazine will provide a valuable insight into the issues surrounding Europe’s energy challenges.

The first edition will focus on the issue of energy education across Europe. Featuring a host of testimonials, interviews and reports, it will include articles on: Commissioner Oettinger’s views on the role of energy education in Europe; examples of energy education projects from across Europe; an insight into Belgian and Dutch intelligent energy practices; as well as an overview of projects promoting energy-efficient buildings across the EU.

‘Pilot Models of Sustainable Energy Action Implementation Schemes’, ManagEnergy workshop held in Bologna, Italy

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The Bologna ManagEnergy Workshop provided training and support for municipalities within the Covenant of Mayors (CoM) initiative who, beyond calculating their Baseline Emissions Inventories, are now seeking to develop and implement Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs).

The workshop, which took place on 28 October 2010, was a great success, with 30 participants coming from energy agencies, municipal authorities and supporting structures. The seminar was divided into several thematic sessions, giving participants an update on the CoM development in Italy, examples of SEAPs implementation, advice on how to apply to the ELENA facility and a presentation of best practice case studies.

Building upon the experience of the ManagEnergy training events for energy agency directors held in 2008 and 2009, a highly interactive training formula was used. Presentation sessions were alternated with working groups for active mutual learning, role playing events and open debates. The discussion within working groups focused, among others, on viable ways for SEAP implementation, mobility, street lighting, sustainable urban planning and enterprise energy.

Presentations on the actions developed in the working groups were given by two representatives of each working group during a simulated administration meeting. Practical information was shared and useful experiences were exchanged on SEAP implementation, from the initial planning, drafting and verification of feasibility to monitoring and communication of actions.