Béatrice Alcaraz

Information Manager

160 posts on the Energy Cities Blog


Geneva (CH) says no to fossil energy!

This decision is the result of the joint commitment by the Council of State and SIG to developing renewable energy sources, a vital condition for achieving the energy transition in Switzerland. After freeing itself from nuclear energy, the (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 19 September 2016 | 08h22 | 182 visits


European Energy Transition Conference - Call for contributions, deadline 20 september 2016 - 5 pm

This event is the major Rendez-vous of energy transition stakeholders and it gathers each year more than 2,000 participants over 3 days. Last year no less than 200 contributions were received and contributed to making the event a veritable (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 8 September 2016 | 16h00 | 681 visits


On the way to energy democracy

Members in the spotlight “Adopt a panel” in Helsinki Finland’s largest solar power plant hosted on the roof of the Kivikko ski hall is owned by the city of Helsinki. As part of this project, the city utility, Helen Ltd, had the brilliant idea of (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 8 September 2016 | 11h17 | 293 visits


Your office is almost empty? No one is around?

Since 2013 Energy Cities has provided you webinars in French, English or German on several thematics: Combined heat and power, Energy and Climate Plans, Internal contracting for municipalities, Living street: When citizens take back the streets (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 19 July 2016 | 09h02 | 449 visits


Odense (DK) : Training craftsmen to accelerate the energy transition

The city of Odense therefore decided to join the Green Business Growth partnership, a partnership uniting municipalities, businesses and training centres, which has been in operation since 2009 (90% of the municipalities on Funen Island, of (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 27 June 2016 | 14h25 | 514 visits


#Democracy - Making the city "an open transformation platform"

Energy Cities is promoting a transition that is not only technological, but primarily societal. What is your perception of energy democracy in a “smart” city? Considering that a smart city could be created by developing highly technological (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 20 June 2016 | 16h09 | 471 visits


How to make Europe number 1 in Energy Efficiency?

Extracts from the press release Energy efficiency is the first fuel of the European Union. Policies are already implemented across all EU member states but we need more ambitious targets and a stronger framework for 2030. Claude Turmes, MEP, (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 24 May 2016 | 16h16 | 487 visits


Energy efficiency implemented too slowly in Europe: a status report from “Energy Efficiency Watch3”

Click to enlarge The survey showed enormous disparity among Member States in levels of ambition and progress of energy efficiency policies - just as the 2012 survey had. Comparing the level of progress across Member (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 20 avril 2016 | 10h50 | 527 visits


#bornova2016 - Multi-level cooperation from Paris to Marrakech

During a high-level political level session on Thursday 2 June, panelists will debate how alliances can greatly contribute to achieving international, EU and national energy and climate objectives, to reinforcing complementarity of action and to (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 18 avril 2016 | 09h25 | 409 visits


Lyon Metropole: smart city and urban experiments!

Tubà “Tubà” is a laboratory, a place where citizens, startups and companies meet in order to test new services, accompany project leaders and improve innovative services by encouraging the participation of citizens. How does it work in (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 24 March 2016 | 12h02 | 568 visits


"Inspiring change" at our Annual Conference, 1-3 June 2016, Bornova (Izmir), Turkey

From 1-3 June, decision-makers will explore - through the lens of local action - what it means to further open up democratic processes for a new energy governance with stronger involvement of and benefit-sharing with new players have stronger (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 7 March 2016 | 14h00 | 265 visits


Display® in the Maghreb

At the beginning of February Ian Turner and Sylvie Lacassagne were invited to Algeria as part of an international conference co-organised by ADEME and their Algerian equivalent APRUE. As the event focussed on energy efficiency in buildings this (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 3 March 2016 | 11h39 | 231 visits


Local currencies, a necessary energy transition tool

In Europe, a number of initiatives have been developed and local currencies are gaining ground: Sel, Wir, Bristol pound, SoNantes, Res, Chiemgauer-Scheine, Abeille, Dam, Eusko … names which all place the economy back at the heart of the local (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 16 February 2016 | 14h04 | 337 visits


COP21 host Paris releases Climate Adaptation Roadmap

Welcome to Paris! “COP21 is an opportunity to remind people that Paris is taking strong, ambitious action to fight climate change, notably via its Climate and Energy plan. Thermal retrofit-ting of housing, alternative mobility to cars, (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 1 December 2015 | 16h35 | 1378 visits


COCON 63 : Massive renovation operation

The Puy-de-Dôme local authority has used an innovative territorial engineering approach to the service of public local bodies in order to support them in reducing their energy use and expenses. End of 2013, the operation was presented to all (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 10 November 2015 | 10h03 | 597 visits


Germany championing “civic energy”

51% of renewable energy capacity is owend by citizens (40%) and farmers (11%) Since 2007, about 170 municipalities have bought back the grid from private companies Munich aims for 100% green electricity by 2025. The Stadtwerke München has (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 6 July 2015 | 11h58 | 756 visits


Financing sustainable energy: Finding your way

The European Commission and the European Investment Bank have jointly developed the Fi-compass platform, which provides advisory services on financial instruments under the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) and microfinance under (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 23 June 2015 | 09h56 | 770 visits


Decentralisation, devolution... Revolution!

lthough this trend is spreading in various countries, the most emblema-tic examples can be found in Germany, where numerous local authorities and their citizens have reclaimed ownership of the local grids, previously controlled by large (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 4 June 2015 | 10h18 | 501 visits


In North America, Vancouver aims to become the first green city by 2020!

Invited by President of the French National Assembly Claude Bartolone, Gregor Robertson was in Paris early May to discuss with its homolog Anne Hidalgo. For both mayors, the city of tomorrow will be green, definitely, and will provide its (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 22 May 2015 | 08h59 | 400 visits


Secretary General of CEDEC Gert de Block wishes Energy Cities "a long life"

On the occasion of its 25th anniversary, I would like to congratulate Energy Cities for its commendable action in supporting and promoting the local approach in implementing energy and climate policies. CEDEC, as the European Federation of Local (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 18 May 2015 | 11h04 | 670 visits


Resilient cities #1: Developing new forms of governance

A few years ago, Christchurch, New Zealand, experienced a series of earthquakes that caused extensive damage to the city’s infrastructure. Despite being in deep shock, the city decided to turn this tragedy into an opportunity: rebuilding the city (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 11 May 2015 | 14h50 | 422 visits


Aberdeen Conference - It's now or never!

FOR A TECHNICAL AUDIENCE : The Helpdesk session The Helpdesk session will be shaped by participants’ inputs. Let’s prepare this session together ! It would be great if, as of now, you could think of an idea to share. Think of the challenges that (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 21 avril 2015 | 11h47 | 519 visits


Welcome to smart houses! Helsinki (Finland)

The home automation systems enable up to 15 per cent reduction in electricity and water consumption. The saving potential is based on the option of monitoring the consumption data online in real time, also on mobile devices when out and about. (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 16 March 2015 | 09h51 | 553 visits


Biking in Bielsko-Biala (PL): a city on the move

The system completes the transportation policy of the municipality, the mix between public transport and bike rental system is a good combination toward a better quality of life. The system consists of 12 stations and 120 bikes. The stations (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 10 February 2015 | 17h18 | 623 visits


Aberdeen 2015: Registration is open!

Cities eco-driving local development Join us in Aberdeen on 22-24 April ! You will get the opportunity to discover examples of successful energy transition projects, listen to inspiring speeches, learn more about Aberdeen’s energy (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 9 février 2015 | 15h11 | 794 visits


European Green Capital Bristol (UK) highlights the importance of its Energy Service

Let’s read the interview of Bill Edrich, Bristol City Council Energy Service Director, who explains why it is important for a city to have an Energy Service. Read the Interview When he was appointed at Bristol municipality, Bill Edrich said: (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 18 December 2014 | 16h40 | 643 visits


Tampere (Finland) in the spotlight!

Anna-Kaisa Ikonen Mayor of Tampere, Finland Current City of Tampere Previous State Secretary for the Minister of Public Administration and Local Government Education Doctor of Social Sciences Summary Young Leader of the Year 2013. (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 16 December 2014 | 11h01 | 555 visits


#RidesharingDay or why driving together means more fun

On 10th of October, you can yourself get active by taking part in the International Ridesharing day. The day puts focus on the beauty and joy of sharing rides together, because of three major things: 1) It’s better (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 3 October 2014 | 14h50 | 811 visits


Empowering consumers to save energy!

The three main goals of this project are : Achieving measurable energy savings. Increasing awareness and motivation of consumers with respect to energy efficiency. Increasing trust between consumers and energy suppliers as a pre‐requisite for (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 8 September 2014 | 15h38 | 884 visits


Use your bicycle and let your city win !

Organised by the city of Bologna and the local transport authority SMR, this urban cyclist team competition aims at promoting cycling as a sustainable and healthy mode of transport. This year, almost 1.600.000 km have been travelled in 31 days (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 5 September 2014 | 09h02 | 957 visits


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