ManagEnergy Newsletter - March 2011

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ManagEnergy Annual Conference on 13 April 2011: register now!

ManagEnergy Annual ConferenceYou can still register to attend the ManagEnergy Annual Conference which will take place on the morning of 13 April in Brussels, as part of the 2011 EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW).

The ManagEnergy Annual Conference is part of a joint, day-long event entitled ‘Local and Regional Action for Sustainable Energy’.

Morning session (9:00-13:00): ManagEnergy Annual Conference

Who is it for?

Energy agencies, public authorities, local and regional energy actors, policy makers, energy consultants, regional representatives and anyone interested in energy efficiency and renewable energy actions in local communities!

What is there for you?

  • The latest developments in EU sustainable energy policy
  • Technical support for energy efficiency and renewable energy at the local and regional level
  • Concrete examples of successful collaboration between energy agencies and local authorities
  • The ManagEnergy Award ceremony, with the participation of the European Commissioner for Energy, Mr Oettinger, and the President of the Committee of the Regions, Ms Bresso

Afternoon session (14:30-18:30): Covenant of Mayors event

What local actions are being triggered by the Covenant of Mayors? How is the European funding being used? What difference is the Covenant making? Find the answers during this Covenant of Mayors afternoon!

What is there for you?

  • Practical results from the Covenant of Mayors signatory cities and regions including the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for energy efficiency at local and regional level, up-date on the Smart Cities initiative.
  • A specific session on the financing of sustainable energy measures at local and regional level, including structural funds, the ELENA facility and a new EU energy efficiency investment facility.
  • Practical examples and lessons learnt.

Please note that translation will be available to and from English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Polish.

Take part in the ManagEnergy ELENA Workshop on 14 April 2011

ELENA workshop 2010

Following the successful ManagEnergy ELENA (European Local ENergy Assistance) workshop that was held during the 2010 EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW), we are pleased to announce that a second ManagEnergy ELENA capacity building workshop is planned for this year!


Thursday 14 April 2011, 14:30-17:30. Just one day after the Annual ManagEnergy Conference!


At the premises of the Committee of the Regions, Brussels, Belgium


The workshop programme will include presentations from the European Investment Bank (EIB) and from municipalities with experience of the ELENA facility. Practical information on how to submit a successful application to ELENA will be given. There will also be ample opportunity for participants to ask questions and obtain feedback from EIB staff.

The latest news on other sources of support for sustainable energy investments by public authorities, such as the IEE initiative on Mobilising Local Energy Investments (MLEI), will also be presented.

The half-day workshop will combine expert presentations with case studies and group discussions. It is especially recommended for management and technical staff from European regions and cities, as well as other key local energy actors, such as local and regional energy agencies.

Please note that translation will be available to and from English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Polish.

Would you like to register? Would you like to see the workshop’s programme?

Six finalists announced for the 2011 ManagEnergy Local Energy Action Award

2010 ManagEnergy Local Energy Action Award finalists

As in previous years, ManagEnergy recognises several outstanding projects in the area of renewable energy and energy efficiency, with a special focus on the local and regional level.

This year, a wide range of high-quality case studies were submitted in response to the ManagEnergy call. These case studies have been subjected to a rigorous, multi-step evaluation procedure, in which the projects were judged in terms of their concrete outcomes, their sustainability as well as their potential impact and replicability.

The six best projects were nominated by a high-calibre jury, composed of representatives from energy agencies, city networks and sustainable energy industry associations. The jury, under the coordination of the Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation, nominated the following finalists, in two categories:

Category ‘Technical projects’

  1. Energy efficiency in Abbey St. Ottilien (Germany)
  2. RE:FIT (United Kingdom)
  3. Hvidovre Offshore Wind Farm (Denmark)

Category ‘Awareness and information projects’

  1. Smart-metering domestic energy saving (Spain)
  2. Switch Off Campaign (Ireland)
  3. I can have solar collectors, too! (Croatia)

The winners – one in each category – will be announced during the ManagEnergy Award ceremony, which has long been established as one of the highlights of the EU Sustainable Energy Week.

The prestigious ceremony is part of the ManagEnergy Annual Conference that is taking place in Brussels on 13 April 2011. The European Commissioner for Energy, Mr Oettinger, and the President of the Committee of the Regions, Ms Bresso, will present this year’s awards.

Energy Agency Corner: a new tool brought to you by ManagEnergy. Make use of it now!


Are you a European energy agency? Do you value communication and experience exchange with your counterparts from across Europe? Are you looking for a convenient and reliable way to share information and receive expert advice? The Energy Agency Corner is now available on the ManagEnergy website!

What is the Energy Agency Corner?

In order to provide high-quality technical support to energy agencies, ManagEnergy strongly encourages peer-to-peer communication. The Energy Agency Corner is a tool that makes such communication easier! It provides a platform for asking and answering questions and exchanging messages on topics relevant to energy agencies.

How can I make use of the Energy Agency Corner?

  1. Access your user account on the ManagEnergy website. Use your login info to sign in at:
  2. Select ‘Get in touch with other energy agencies’ from the menu. Welcome to the Energy Agency Corner!
  3. Select the recipient(s) of your message based on their expertise and country of origin. You can address each request to up to five energy agencies.
  4. Clearly express your request in the available form and submit it.

ManagEnergy will automatically distribute your request, question or message to the selected recipients, who will then have the opportunity to reply to you.

  • Do you need the expertise of another energy agency? Send your question through the Energy Agency Corner now!
  • Have you received a question from another energy agency? Please take the time to reply! 
  • Keep in mind that peer-to-peer communication may open the door to close collaboration and partnership opportunities.

Please note that this service aims to address exclusively the needs of energy agencies.
If you do not have a ManagEnergy account, feel free to add your organisation to our database.

‘Implementing local and regional renewable energy actions for achieving the EU RES Directive’: ManagEnergy capacity building workshop held in Gdansk, Poland

ManagEnergy capacity building workshop held in Gdansk, Poland

The objective of this workshop was to raise awareness of the strategies set in the Polish National Renewable Energy Action Plan (NREAP) and to improve the capacities of the participants to implement the NREAP, in view of Europe’s 2020 targets.

Numerous participants from all across Poland gathered on 24 February in Gdansk in order to exchange views, listen to experts and ask questions on the practical actions that could be taken at the local or regional level in order to fully implement the 2009 Directive for the use of energy from renewable sources.

The workshop brought together high-level representatives from local and regional public authorities, such as the Vice-Marshal of the Pomorskie Region, officials from national authorities, such as the Secretary of the Polish government’s Council for the implementation of NREAP, as well as specialists from more than five Polish energy agencies.

The workshop presentations and the subsequent discussion focused on the following goals:

  • Increase the participants' knowledge of the Polish NREAP in order to facilitate its local and regional implementation.
  • Help participants understand the supporting structures available at the local and regional level.
  • Showcase relevant best practice measures and projects from other countries in Europe.
  • Establish a basis for networking between agencies and other local/regional energy actors in Poland.

The issue of funding was raised at both national and European level. There was a consensus among participants that further technical support is needed in order to implement the NREAP, given the special characteristics of Poland. The role of local and regional energy agencies regarding the NREAP implementation was widely recognised.

‘Sustainable energy & the Covenant of Mayors in our cities’: ManagEnergy capacity building workshop held in Sofia, Bulgaria

ManagEnergy capacity building workshop held in Sofia, Bulgaria

The main focus of the workshop was to provide insight into the Covenant of Mayors initiative and to propose solutions for its smooth implementation within the Bulgarian national, regional and local context.

The background, framework and methodology of the Covenant of Mayors were explained in detail. Furthermore, the role of local energy actors was highlighted as an important factor in the achievement of the Covenant goals: at least 20% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2020.

The participants – around 30 – came from regional and local energy agencies, energy departments of cities, national and regional associations of local authorities and universities.

Four thematic areas were addressed:

  • Allocation of sufficient human resources
  • Development and implementation of local Baseline Emissions Inventories (BEI) and Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAP)
  • Engaging local stakeholders and citizens
  • Making the best use of funding opportunities and learning from the experiences of other Covenant signatories

The discussion focused mainly on the technical and financing challenges faced by Bulgarian cities and regions and different approaches were analysed. The participants raised several technical questions to the representative of the Joint Research Centre that supports the implementation of the Covenant (e.g. calculation of CO2 emissions, quantification of soft measures, monitoring process, etc.). Experiences were exchanged on how to finance sustainable energy projects from EU, national and regional funds. The key role of energy agencies in delivering concrete actions was addressed, while the need for more and better qualified municipal energy managers was highlighted.

Energy Efficiency Plan 2011: Europe gears up for more savings with renovation and smart meters

Energy Efficiency Plan

New opportunities for energy agencies, local and regional authorities and energy actors from across Europe have been created by the European Commission through the adoption of a plan for saving more energy through concrete measures.

The measures proposed in this Plan – which was adopted on 8 March 2011 – aim to create substantial benefits for households, businesses and public authorities. They should transform our daily lives and generate financial savings of up to €1000 per household every year. They are designed to improve the EU's industrial competitiveness, and have the potential to create up to 2 million jobs.

‘Despite progress, our estimates show that we need a further decisive and coordinated action on energy efficiency, without which the EU will not meet its objective of 20% energy savings by 2020.’, said Günther Oettinger, European Commissioner responsible for Energy.

Recent Commission estimates suggest that the EU will achieve only half of its 20% target for energy efficiency by 2020, if it continues with business as usual.

Against this background, the Energy Efficiency Plan proposes several new actions:

  • It promotes the role of the public sector and proposes a binding target to accelerate the refurbishment rate of the public sector building stock. Public authorities should be required to refurbish at least 3% of their buildings each year. It also introduces energy efficiency criteria in public procurement.
  • It aims to trigger the renovation process in private buildings and to improve the energy performance of appliances.
  • It encourages Member States to support the uptake of Energy Service Companies (ESCO's).
  • It seeks to improve the efficiency of power and heat generation.
  • It foresees energy efficiency requirements for industrial equipment, improved information provision for SMEs, and energy audits and energy management systems for large companies.
  • It focuses on the roll-out of smart grids and smart meters providing consumers with the information and services necessary to optimise their energy consumption and calculate their energy savings.

The Commission will report on the progress of the Plan’s implementation in spring 2013. If this shows that the overall EU target is unlikely to be achieved, the Commission will propose legally binding targets for 2020.