Energy Cities, Local authorities in energy transition.
Energy Cities is the european association of local authorities in energy transition. The association created in 1990 represents now more than 1,000 towns and cities in 30 countries.
Spain: new policy, new energy for cities
by Miriam Eisermann
18 Jul 2018 at 11:53pm
Preoccupied as media are by Brexit, Donald Trump and France's World Cup victory, we can easily miss out on the domestic issues facing our neighbour to the south. Spain recently made quite remarkable strides in the energy domain. The country's newly created Ministry for Ecological Transition is headed up by Teresa Ribera, an expert in sustainable development. Ms. Ribera is unequivocally in favour of the EU's ambitious goals for renewables and energy efficiency, and has issued a plan calling for (...)
Investing in solar energy: follow the unusual example of a Belgian cooperative
by Béatrice Karas
16 Jul 2018 at 12:35am
It is a first in Belgium! At a time when citizens' initiatives are mushrooming across Europe , in Mouscron the community energy cooperative COOPEM was launched ?. by the municipality!
Meet Emmanuel Fontaine, one of its directors and an energy adviser to the municipality of Mouscron (58,000 inhabitants).
In France and Germany, citizens are often behind the creation of energy cooperatives. How did you come up with the idea for this initiative?
The municipality of Mouscron had been (...)
Joint contribution: Models of local energy ownership and the role of local en...
by Sara Giovannini
12 Jul 2018 at 6:23am
At the request of the upcoming Austrian presidency of the European Council, the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) is drafting an opinion on models of local energy ownership and the role of local energy communities in energy transition in Europe. Energy Cities prepared a joint contribution together with ResCoop.EU, the European federation for renewable energy cooperatives.
The following points were highlighted in our contribution, together with a series of examples and best practices (...)
Community voices in Luzy: village of the future, mates of the future
by Béatrice Karas
11 Jul 2018 at 1:34am
I am part of the facilitation team supporting POTEs (Ordinary Energy Transition Pioneers) at Energy Cities. POTEs are every-day-life innovators and visionaries working in areas related to the energy transition that Energy Cities, the Bourgogne Franche-Comté Region and ADEME, the French national energy conservation and environment agency, are forming into a network.
As part of this initiative, we organise visits to various POTEs so they can meet, share ideas and build projects. On Wednesday (...)
Road to a replication strategy in our follower cities: Intensive Lab Session ...
by Francisco Gonçalves
3 Jul 2018 at 10:51pm
On the 5th and 6th June, the city of Santiago de Compostela organised the first Intensive Lab Session, within the project Smarter Together.
The goals of this interactive event were: ? Bring stakeholders together in an open setting; ? Treat specific challenges and problem statements which the follower cities are confronted to ? Include knowledge from external experts (mainly Lighthouse Cities) ? Design local implementation plans or roadmaps
The workshop was designed on the following topics: (...)
Policy brief: Claude Turmes pulling off another magic trick
by Claire Roumet
2 Jul 2018 at 12:33am
In the middle of the night of 19th to 20th June, a final agreement between the Council, the Parliament and the European Commission was reached on the ?Governance of the Energy Union? Directive, in the wake of the Renewable Energy (14th June) and Energy Efficiency (19th June) Directives . We are now on the home stretch: just the ?electricity market design? piece is missing to put the final touch to the new EU Energy and Climate legal landscape.
What should we take home from this last sequence? (...)
Richness of ideas vs. fuel poverty : policy initiatives to make energy afford...
by Sara Giovannini
28 Jun 2018 at 1:30am
At the beginning of June, the city of Cadiz was awarded with the Transformative City award for its action plan against energy poverty. The plan was developed by a group of unemployed citizens, who previously had been trained as energy advisers and given an eight-month contract by the city council. With one stone, Cadiz killed not two but three birds : thanks to the plan, they tackled unemployment in their region while raising awareness on energy issues and helping the ones in need.
Better data can grant cities more ownership
by Martin Freire
26 Jun 2018 at 7:31am
Marseille's eco-district of Îlot Allar uses seawater for heating and cooling through a new private initiative: Massileo. This renewable technology is likely to expand in the coming years, but what does this mean for public ownership of the energy systems?
Using seawater for cooling and heating is not new, but it is for Marseille. Massileo, a new private network installed on the city's port area, uses this renewable technology to heat and cool buildings in the so-called eco-district of Îlot (...)
Mentoring activities in innovative financing: Why not you?
by Blandine Pidoux
25 Jun 2018 at 10:16am
Your city or region has ambitious energy and climate objectives and your local strategies and action plans are ready. Moreover, you have already managed to secure financing for your projects, mobilising other financial sources than your local budget. You have also implemented innovative financing schemes that mobilise citizens, local stakeholders, financing institutions and investors funds...
Despite all this, maybe you don't really feel like an "expert" in the field. Maybe you think that (...)
Viladecans - a story of eggs and of a local energy transition agency
by Tatjana Veith
25 Jun 2018 at 12:29am
We are often told that putting all eggs into one basket is risky. Well, there are some baskets doing actually very well. Read this story of Viladecans, a city with 65.000 inhabitants next to Barcelona that connected its local players around a multi-service Public-Private-Citizen Partnership, matching energy supply, energy currency, energy savings services, deep energy renovation investments and renewable energy production.
Cities cooperating with the private sector, engaging in (...)