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Monday 16 July 2018

Investing in solar energy: follow the unusual example of a Belgian cooperative
By Béatrice Karas | 41 visits
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!
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Thursday 12 July 2018

Joint contribution: Models of local energy ownership and the role of local energy communities in energy transition in Europe
By Sara Giovannini | 166 visits
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.
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Wednesday 11 July 2018

Community voices in Luzy: village of the future, mates of the future
By Béatrice Karas | 145 visits
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 12th July, we were at Luzy to discover the Village in Transition movement.
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Wednesday 4 July 2018

Road to a replication strategy in our follower cities: Intensive Lab Session in Santiago de Compostela
By Francisco Gonçalves | 276 visits
On the 5th and 6th June, the city of Santiago de Compostela organised the first Intensive Lab Session, within the project Smarter Together.
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Monday 2 July 2018

Policy brief: Claude Turmes pulling off another magic trick
By Claire Roumet | 277 visits
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.
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jeudi 28 juin 2018

Richness of ideas vs. fuel poverty : policy initiatives to make energy affordable for all
By Sara Giovannini | 376 visits
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.
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Tuesday 26 June 2018

Better data can grant cities more ownership
By Martin Freire | 822 visits
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?
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Monday 25 June 2018

Mentoring activities in innovative financing: Why not you?
By Blandine Pidoux | 416 visits
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...
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Monday 25 June 2018

Viladecans - a story of eggs and of a local energy transition agency
By Tatjana Veith | 463 visits
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.
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Thursday 21 June 2018

Small islands, big moves: Renewable off-grid solutions across the sea
By Sara Giovannini | 468 visits
Summer is here! As you might read this story in your office, how about a virtual trip to some beautiful islands? Put on your sunglasses and hop with us from Samsø (Denmark) over to Tilos (Greece) and then to El Hierro (Spain), three islands championing renewable energy deployment.
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Wednesday 20 June 2018

EU deal on Energy Union Governance enables local authorities to participate in designing national climate and energy futures
By David Donnerer | 532 visits
At 4 am this morning, the EU institutions reached an agreement on a key component of the Energy Union, the regulation on the Governance of the Energy Union. Through this regulation, the EU defines the political process for ensuring that the EU's mid- and long-term energy and climate objectives are met. Member States will have to draft 2030 national energy and climate plans and involve stakeholders, including local authorities, in the design and implementation of their plans.
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Thursday 14 June 2018

EU taking big step forward toward energy democracy
By Sara Giovannini | 670 visits
Early this morning the European Parliament and the European Council reached an agreement on the Renewable Energy Directive: by 2030 the EU will have to increase renewables to 32% share of the energy supply and in order to reach this binding target, for the first time, an explicit role for citizens and communities is foreseen.
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Thursday 31 May 2018

Air, Climate, Energy: all responsible
By Claire Roumet | 545 visits
Policy brief by Claire Roumet
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Tuesday 29 May 2018

Blockchain: bringing cooperation to the energy market
By David Donnerer | 637 visits , By Miriam Eisermann | 637 visits
Think of an ant hill. Imagine hundreds, thousands of little self-organised insects moving in all directions, some of them handing tiny pieces of leaves over to their companion. Everything goes fast, nothing gets lost. Ants are driven by cooperation, not competition. I know, blockchain is far more complex than that, but isn’t it also about transactions, cooperation and trust? And as much as ants, this disruptive technology is about balancing an entire, often urban, ecosystem.
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Thursday 24 May 2018

@assises_energie : Be part of the programme!
By Béatrice Karas | 518 visits
At the end of January 2019, will be held in Dunkirk the 20th European Energy Transition Conference - the annual meeting of all European participants in energy transition and adapting to climate change.
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Tuesday 15 May 2018

Cities: testbeds for energy innovation – Energy Atlas 2018
By Sara Giovannini | 911 visits
The Heinrich Böll Stiftung, the German Green Political Foundation, recently released its Energy Atlas 2018 - Facts and Figures about Renewables in Europe. The Atlas provides an overview of the current debates going on in the European Union countries, at the time when they are discussing their 2030 energy and climate strategies. It also reveals that a coordinated effort of EU member states towards the energy transition will be the more efficient and cost-effective option for all Europeans. Energy Cities contributed to it with the chapter “Cities: testbeds for energy innovation” that you can read below.
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lundi 14 mai 2018

EPC and why public authorities shouldn’t shy away from it - New Guide on EPC Accounting Rules released
By Miriam Eisermann | 665 visits
As follow-up to the EUROSTAT accounting rules decision last year, a new guide has been published by EIB, Commission and Eurostat : "The Practitioners' Guide on the Statistical Treatment of Energy Performance Contracts in public accounts". It explains in detail how Energy Performance Contracts work and gives a clear overview of the potential impact on government finances.
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Tuesday 8 May 2018

HOW TO MAKE PEOPLE PASSIONATE ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THEIR CITIES - FOUR #RENNES2018 LESSONS LEARNT
By Sara Giovannini | 758 visits
If you work on the energy transition, the same word comes up repeatedly: participation. But how can local authorities make sure this is not an empty box? How to avoid this “they asked for our opinion, but it won’t change their decision” feeling? How can citizens really feel part of the process, be listened to and connect with the big picture of their city? On the first day of Energy Cities’ Annual Conference #rennes2018, Pepik Henneman, Transition Management consultant, tried to delve into these questions and to explore with the audience why they matter so much.
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mercredi 25 avril 2018

#rennes2018 conference about sharing responsibilities in a radically new energy system
By Miriam Eisermann | 1130 visits
Energy Cities’ Annual Conference 2018 was hosted in France by the City and Metropolitan Area of Rennes, from 18-20th April.
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Wednesday 18 April 2018

Blockchain and energy transition - what challenges for cities? Find out in our newly released publication!
By David Donnerer | 2837 visits
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. What is in it for cities? Energy Cities makes sense of the blockchain buzz with a newly released publication.
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