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.
Not just for techies: Blockchain - more power for cities or for big utilities?
by David Donnerer
13 Mar 2018 at 3:02am
You remember having heard about bitcoin, right? It is this virtual currency which has stirred up financial markets and is rapidly conquering the energy sector. And blockchain is the technology behind Bit what? Block what? We don't want you to remain puzzled about how this will impact local energy.
Energy blockchain experiments and pilots are multiplying, driven by tech-savvy entrepreneurs. It looks like the new technology is disrupting the energy system from Spain to the US. And what is in (...)
EU readies for the ?money talk?: Quick overview of what the future could hold
by Alix Bolle
8 Mar 2018 at 8:05am
By next May, the European Commission should put on the table a proposal for the next EU budget, the so-called ?Multi-annual Financial Framework? to put it in EU jargon.
Ahead of this important milestone, Energy Cities' Board of Directors met with Isabelle Thomas, the European Parliament Member in charge of the file.
The news were rather positive, as she announced the Parliament voted in favour of earmarking 30% of Cohesion and Structural Funds for climate action, and was optimistic the (...)
Cities meet European decision makers to discuss EU's future budget and energy...
by Alix Bolle
2 Mar 2018 at 3:56am
On the occasion of the EU Covenant of Mayors Ceremony held on Thursday 22nd of February in Brussels, European mayors and elected representatives from Energy Cities' Board of Directors met with decision makers in charge of key policy developments.
Next EU Budget: 30% of structural and cohesion funds to be allocated to climate measures
First, there was this good news: The European Parliament's budget committee had just voted for 30% of the EU structural and cohesion funds to be allocated (...)
Covenant of Mayors : A key instrument for the future EU budget
20 Feb 2018 at 5:04am
In its 10 year-existence, the European Covenant of Mayors has mobilised thousands of local governments to voluntarily implement and exceed EU climate and energy objectives. In order to further embed the initiative in EU policies, it has to become a key instrument for the future EU budget, write the local and regional leaders of the European Covenant of Mayors board.
This opinion piece was first published by EURACTIV This article is part of EURACTIV special report Europe's mayors : Speeding (...)
Interview: Is the energy transition still making the Franco-German heart leap?
by Miriam Eisermann
12 Feb 2018 at 12:21am
In the past, France and Germany made very different political choices. Today, however, a convergence of their objectives is giving new life to the Franco-German engine, according to Mr Pascal Gauthier, Economic, Transport, Energy and Environment Adviser at the French Embassy in Germany.
In January, resolutions were adopted by both the French National Assembly and the German Bundestag on the occasion of the 55th Anniversary of the Elysée Treaty. Back in 1963, the energy transition, and even (...)
When the EIB is learning from cities: more EU money for local energy?
by David Donnerer
8 Feb 2018 at 2:19am
On Monday, the Luxembourg-based European Investment Bank (EIB) admitted for the first time city delegates to its annual meeting with civil society. All ears, the EIB Board of Directors was listening to and debating with the locally experienced such as Energy Cities' president and Lord Mayor of Heidelberg, Eckart Würzner. The bank is one of the world's largest lenders and only allowed to back projects that are in line with EU policy. So, in view of the EU's ambitions to comply with the Paris (...)
An EU budget to make energy citizens a reality
by David Donnerer
5 Feb 2018 at 9:45am
Where should the money go? Read Energy Cities and CEE Bankwatch network's proposal on the EU Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) post 2020.
In a joint position paper published today, we sketch a creative policy vision for how the next MFF could best unlock innovative financing and address specific barriers faced by energy citizens and community power projects wishing to invest in their own small scale RES projects. This paper is in line with the European People's Budget campaign (An EU (...)
Destination 100% Renewable Energy: How far are cities?
by Alix Bolle
30 Jan 2018 at 6:51am
The road to 100% renewable energy obviously passes through ambitious actions from cities. In the framework of the EU Renewables Networking Platform Project, Energy Cities sheds some light on where cities are in this transition process and what obstacles still remain.
In 2017, 6 national workshops were organised on this topic in the Netherlands, Spain, France, Poland, the Republic Czech and Slovakia. They helped cities learn from one another on the latest trends and techniques around (...)
Innovative Financing in Cities and Regions: Join a unique EU-wide P2P learnin...
by Blandine Pidoux, Jana Cicmanova
22 Jan 2018 at 1:12am
The new Peer-to-Peer learning project PROSPECT H2020 has just launched its first call for applications!
PROSPECT will offer you a total of 3 learning cycles on innovative financing schemes for your energy and climate actions, starting respectively in May 2018, September 2018 and March 2019.
You can now apply online to take part the first P2P learning cycle starting in May 2018, either as a mentor or mentee city or region, and before the 28th February 2018.
Your city or region has (...)
Financing local climate & energy actions: Get inspired by Covenant cities and...
by Floriane Cappelletti
22 Jan 2018 at 12:29am
Cities and regions of the Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy are taking action to mitigate climate change, adapt to its unavoidable consequences and provide their citizens with access to secure, sustainable and affordable energy.
Covenant of Mayors cities have all committed to developing Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans, for 2020 and/or 2030. In order to ensure their successful implementation despite strained public budgets, they are finding ways to mobilise the (...)