ManagEnergy Newsletter, September 2012


In this month’s ManagEnergy newsletter, we bring you up-to-date with the Open Days in Brussels, featuring workshops on cohesion policy funding for energy efficient investment, and the challenges for local authorities to deliver green growth and financing of renewable energy projects.  

Check out Energy Cities position paper on the public consultation on Intelligent Energy Europe III in Horizon 2020 – calling for local authorities to be supported in implementing innovative sustainable energy strategies. Renovate Europe campaign is advocating for a tripling of the annual renovation rate, claiming that investment in energy efficient retrofit will lead to high public revenues.

MLEI project ACCELERATE aims to launch investment for implementing SEAPs in small municipalities, with expected results including 10,986,807 KWh of energy savings, and close to 100 new green jobs created. Showcased in the first ManagEnergy capacity building workshop of the season, another small municipality, Middelfart in Denmark explains how their ESCO projects are realising upwards of 20% energy savings. An inspiring start to this series of capacity building workshops – see the events calendar for one near you – we’ll see you there! 

- The ManagEnergy Team

Open Days 2012, 8-11th October in Brussels: Supporting sustainable growth through cohesion policy

OPEN DAYS 2012, taking place from 8—11 October, will mark the event’s 10th anniversary. 

This year, the scheduled seminars and workshops will focus on, among others, questions about ‘smart, sustainable and inclusive growth,’ and how it can best be supported through the new cohesion policy by public authorities. 

Together with the European Commission's DG Energy and DG Regio, the Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (EACI), is organizing two workshops during OPEN DAYS 2012 directly related to these questions. 

The first workshop, Energy efficiency—cost or investment? Why cohesion policy funding for energy efficiency is crucial to revive growth and jobs, will be held on 9 October from 09:00-10:45. It will focus on the positive impacts of energy efficiency investments on the economy, particularly in the buildings sector. 

Recent Commission findings on energy efficiency investments in buildings will be presented, as well as the results of capacity building efforts undertaken by the European Public-Private Partnership Expertise Centre (EPEC) on the use of cohesion policy funding in EU Member States. 

More information and registration details

The second workshop, Local and regional support from EU for renewable energy –What to do? How to do it?, will address the challenges faced by managing authorities who are required—under the conditions of the structural funds—to deliver green growth and more jobs through the financing and implementation of renewable energy projects.  

This workshop will be held on 9 October from 11:15—13:00 and will begin with a keynote presentation by Marie Donnelly, Director of the Directorate-General for Energy. Representatives from the Directorate-General for Regional Policy will also participate.

This will be followed by presentations from important market actors who will show examples of initiatives taking place at the local and regional levels that have benefited from the support of ERDF or cohesion funding or the Intelligent Energy-Europe programme. 

This workshop will be an excellent opportunity for local and regional decision makers and managing authorities to explore which kinds of renewable energy projects to address and how to optimise the use of their Structural Funds.

More information and registration details

Progress on energy agenda as Cyprus holds presidency

Progress on energy agenda as Cyprus holds presidency

The Cyprus presidency of the EU is certainly showing strong leadership on energy policy, as EU Energy Ministers convened for an informal meeting in Nicosia on 17 September.  The Commission’s Communication on Renewable Energy of June 6, 2012, and the proposed Regulation for Trans-European Energy Infrastructure topped the agenda.  

EU energy ministers confirmed the commitment of Member States towards achieving their national objectives for promoting Renewable Energy Sources (RES) by 2020 and agreed on the need for continuity in political decisions beyond 2020, with a view to 2050.

On the local level, Cyprus Energy Agency is active, with an exemplar energy education outreach program, and contributing to draft updated regulations on enabling energy services, currently under public consultation with a view to coming into force before the end of the year.  ManagEnergy will be holding a capacity building workshop on outsourcing energy services 14-15 November in Nicosia. 

Making waves for Ocean Energy

Complementing the ongoing IEE funded SOWFIA  project, the new SI OCEAN project, which is also funded by IEE,  aims to deliver an updated market deployment strategy for the  ocean energy sector and practical recommendations on removing the barriers to growth of ocean energy markets.

Focus will be on increasing participation from the commercial sector, namely utilities, large industrials and technology developers. 

The European Ocean Energy Roadmap 2010-2050 provided initial estimates of the industry potential and defined high-level challenges and opportunities to eliminate market barriers for ocean energy. SI OCEAN will take this roadmap further by filling gaps in current knowledge and making recommendations for future actions. 

The project, which runs for 24 months, is supported by Intelligent Energy - Europe (IEE). The consortium is comprised of seven partners:

Read more here

The future of Intelligent Energy Europe: Energy Cities Position Paper 

In response to the public consultation on Intelligent Energy-Europe III in Horizon 2020, Energy Cities have issued a position paper

Echoing the opinions expressed in the Energy Cities position paper on the proposal for Horizon 2020, Energy Cities warns that the achievement of Europe’s energy and climate targets might be endangered if innovative non-technological solutions are neglected. 

The paper calls for IEE III to be directed at local authorities, helping them to implement innovative sustainable energy strategies and actions, for example through EU wide initiatives such as the Covenant of Mayors.

Other recommendations of the position paper are flexible handling of the work programme, adaptation to societal evolution, and ongoing management of the programme by DG ENER via the proven competence of EACI. Energy Cities suggest that the budget for the future IEE programme should reach at least €1.2 billion, which would be a significant increase compared with the IEE programme 2007-2013 (worth €730 million).

Energy Cities is the European association of local authorities inventing their energy future. 

Renovate Europe for Jobs and growth

Renovate Europe Day 2012 is taking place on 11 October, with an interesting morning scheduled at the Thon Hotel, Brussels. 

EU Commissioner for Energy Günther Oettinger will be making an opening address, and topics tabled for discussion include the effect of the Energy Efficiency Directive on the renovation rate, and renovation as a driver of sustainable growth. 

The second part of the morning focuses on investment opportunities for energy efficient renovations, with contributions from EU Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn, DG Energy Director Marie Donnelly, and representatives from the financial and real estate sectors. 

The Renovate Europe Campaign was initiated by EuroACE. It is calling for an ambitious roadmap to be drawn up on how to triple the annual renovation rate of the EU building stock from the current rate of 1% to 3% by 2020 and to ensure that the aggregate result of those renovations leads to an 80% reduction of the energy demand of the building stock by 2050 as compared to 2005. 

The campaign promotes renovation as a revenue-generating activity which contributes to urban renewal, strengthens social cohesion, boosts economic growth by creating local non exportable jobs (up to 19 jobs created for every €1 million invested), and leads to high public revenues (up to €5 additional budget revenue for every €1 of public funds invested).

Email or to find out how you can get involved!

Spain ACCELERATEs Mobilising Local Energy Investment in the Province of Huelva

Previously, reported on the innovative biogas plant led by Solrød Municipality, an exciting start to Mobilising Local Energy Investment (MLEI), the most recent funding initiative under Intelligent Energy Europe. 

Provincial Energy Agency of Huelva (APEH), Spain has been awarded MLEI funding for the ACCELERATE project, which aims to speed up renewable energies and energy efficiency investment processes of Huelva’s 77 municipalities signed up to the Covenant of Mayors. 

The small size of the municipalities is a key obstacle in setting up investments with a sufficient scale to be attractive for Energy Service Companies (ESCOs) willing to invest in energy performance contracts. 

The main objective of the technical assistance of ACCELERATE is to help the municipalities to launch a total investment of €7.5 million in street lighting and public buildings refurbishment projects by 2015. These projects will be identified from the database of projects proposed in their Sustainable Energy Action Plans

Technical assistance to the municipalities includes defining the technical specifications for the project and determining the financing structure. Huelva will then organise the procurement for packages of investment projects.

Expected results include a reduction of GHG emissions of 6 252 tons of CO2e, 10 986 807 KWh of energy savings, and close to 100 new green jobs created to boot. 

Good luck, Huelva! looks forward to news and outputs from this MLEI project.

ManagEnergy Capacity Building Workshops 

It’s a busy time of year, la rentrée, and especially for the ManagEnergy team! The first of the ManagEnergy capacity building workshops took place 19-20 September in Horsens, Denmark.  

The workshop participants were from municipalities in the west of Denmark (Jutland and Funen), and the workshop was to help them in developing Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAP), while exploring how this process can best be supported at the regional level through cross-municipal experience exchange and the organisation of joint sustainable energy projects.

You can find all presentations and downloads from the workshop here

Next up will be a ManagEnergy Capacity Building workshop on SEAPs and their financing in the context of the Covenant of Mayors, on 1-2 October in Nenagh, Ireland. The SERVE project is hosting the workshop as part of SERVE Energy week, the final event of this CONCERTO project which has been running since 2007. 

More capacity building workshops are coming up soon and these will increasingly focus on helping local and regional authorities with financing of sustainable energy projects – in Wielkopolska (PL), Litomerice (CZ) and Besancon (FR). 

Keep an eye on the ManagEnergy event listings for more details.