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jeudi 22 juin 2017

Energy Cities launches pan-European study on remunicipalisation and local energy ownership
By Alix Bolle | 247 visits
How can cities and communities reclaim control over local energy systems ? What are the challenges and success factors for creating a local energy company ? What are the links between devolution and remunicipalisation moves, community energy and participative governance ? To answer these and many other questions around the rise of local energy ownership across Europe, Energy Cities has commissioned a comprehensive scoping study which will be launched officially today during the EU Sustainable Energy Week.
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Wednesday 3 May 2017

Mayors launch call for citizen-oriented overhaul of the EU
By Blandine Pidoux | 1248 visits
Gathered in Stuttgart for Energy Cities’ Annual Conference “2050 Starts Today”, more than 20 mayors and elected leaders from all over Europe have addressed a strong message, in the form of a manifesto, to heads of states and governments: If you are to build an energy union ‘with citizens at its core’, build it from the ground up, through a genuine dialogue with cities.
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Tuesday 25 April 2017

Creation of a new city partnership in Greece and Cyprus for future smart city developments
By Blandine Pidoux | 1330 visits
Energy Cities was invited to participate to a networking meeting last March in Athens between the Municipalities of Aradippou (Cyprus) and Nafplio, Elefsina and Rafina-Pikermi (Greece).
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mercredi 19 avril 2017

The Union of Communities of Armenia joins Energy Cities !
By Blandine Pidoux | 571 visits
We are very happy to welcome the Union of Communities of Armenia (UCA) as a new collective member of Energy Cities. The Union, established in 1997, represents the unified voice of the local self-governmental (LSG) bodies of Armenia and gathers all the municipalities of the Country.
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vendredi 14 avril 2017

Co-designing 2050 with citizens at #Stuttgart2017
By Miriam Eisermann | 619 visits
Every year, energy transitioners from both the public and the private sector meet at Energy Cities’ Annual Conference to build a community around energy democracy, devolution and divestment. This year, hosted by the German city of Stuttgart, the conference will feature a special peer-to-peer debate on community participation and stakeholder mobilisation.
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Friday 31 March 2017

#Stuttgart2017 Final programme online!
By Blandine Pidoux | 1157 visits
Hundreds of energy transitionners will gather in Stuttgart on 26-28 April for the most important event of the year of our network.
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Tuesday 28 March 2017

How to apply our 3D vision to Europe’s energy and climate policies?
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 685 visits
To know answers, rendez-vous in Stuttgart on wednesday 26 April for a two hours event! "A European energy system in 3D? Rethinking the EU’s energy and climate policies through the lenses of democratization, decentralization and divestment"
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Monday 13 February 2017

A Political Board of Cities to steer the EU Covenant of Mayors
By Floriane Cappelletti | 939 visits
The European Commission’s Covenant of Mayors held its first political board meeting on Friday 10 February 2017 in Brussels.
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Thursday 2 February 2017

100%RES - Recommendation 2 : Creating new urban-rural partnerships
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 701 visits
Local governments want to get involved and participate in the economic development of their area together with new, game-changing stakeholders, cooperatives and smaller businesses. Rural communities with sufficient resources (forest, wind, agricultural waste, etc.) and space will be able to produce energy, as they already produce food, and “export” their surpluses (electricity, biogas, wood, etc.) to energy intensive urban areas with insufficient resources to meet all their needs.
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jeudi 26 janvier 2017

Devolve (to) : verb to be conjugated in the present to improve the future
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 522 visits
... or how to achieve the energy transition !
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mardi 17 janvier 2017

An EU Roadmap 2050 (and other results) from the "Post-carbon cities of tomorrow" project
By Blandine Pidoux | 528 visits
As one of the major results of the POCACITO 7FP project (2014-2016), an EU Roadmap 2050 was published in December 2016 and calls for cities to be better involved in policy making, notably the EU Energy Union strategy and legislative package. It is the result of a two-year consultation process with EU stakeholders in Brussels and from targeted cities.
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Tuesday 29 November 2016

Covenant of Mayors: Transforming Cities into key EU Climate and Energy Actors
By David Donnerer | 588 visits
According to the new study "The Role of Cities in Climate and Energy Policies: The Case of the Covenant of Mayors" by David Donnerer from Aarhus University, the Covenant of Mayors has empowered cities in their climate and energy policy-making capacities and their multi-level governance relations to become key EU climate and energy actors.
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Tuesday 15 November 2016

Guest Article - "Energising the Sustainable Economy", by Andrea Crump (London Borough of Sutton)

As populations continue to rise and public purse strings tighten, local authorities are having to balance ever-increasing demands on services with fewer and fewer resources – all of which places significant pressure on our environment.
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Thursday 10 November 2016

Blockchain and energy: a paradigm shift ?
By Admin | 1172 visits
On 26 October, the conference office on studies of Tecsol "Photovoltaic self-consumption and Blockchain" was held in Paris. At this symposium, the Tecsol design office engineers unveiled the mysteries of self-consumption and the use of blockchain for the service distribution network. This article will provide you with an insight into the Blockchain concept and its applications in the energy field.
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Wednesday 9 November 2016

People powered cities: from the UN climate talks to energy democracy

Developing real solutions to climate and energy challenges will require imagination, determination and inspiration. Inspiration may come from the many cities, communities and even countries that are working hard to make the energy sector democratic, equitable and based on renewable sources.
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Monday 27 June 2016

The Energy Union badly needs a “revolution from below”
By Alix Bolle | 1023 visits
In Italy, experts are talking about the emergence of a “revolution from below”, steered by local authorities which have helped the country increase its share of renewable energy from 15% to 35.5% in just a few years’ time, with huge socio-economic benefits. At European level, this revolution and the role cities play in it is mostly confined to side programmes and dedicated initiatives such as the Covenant of Mayors or the Urban Agenda. While it is important that cities are supported through targeted mechanisms to advance the energy transition, it is also crucial that their own priorities and contributions find an echo in existing, high stake EU policies such as the strategic plan of building an Energy Union.
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Monday 20 June 2016

#Democracy - Making the city "an open transformation platform"
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 749 visits
Interview of Carlos Moreno, a Franco-Colombian university professor. This humanist-scientist is renowned for his expertise of the "human smart city" concept.
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Thursday 2 June 2016

Try new DDDelicious local flavours in new issue of Energy Cities INFO
By Miriam Eisermann | 642 visits
There are still some days left until summer starts. Nevertheless, we already suggest the three new DDDelicious flavours that will give Europe's energy transition a local taste: Devolution (yummy!), Democracy (dainty!), Divestment (mouth-watering!)
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vendredi 27 mai 2016

Polish-German city cooperation: promoting low emission actions on a local level
By Miriam Eisermann | 643 visits
Our collective member PNEC (Polish Network of Energie Cités) initiates German-Polish city partnerships to foster exchange of experiences and solutions on the road to a low-emission economy.
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mardi 10 mai 2016

New dialogues between cities & local stakeholders
By Blandine Pidoux | 1077 visits
Energy Cities has carried out a new exploratory study for cities and diverse project leaders desiring to start a sustainable energy transition in collaboration with all stakeholders in their territory.
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