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Thursday 22 June 2017

Energy Cities launches pan-European study on remunicipalisation and local energy ownership
By Alix Bolle | 989 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 17 May 2017

Horizon 2020 and Smart Cities: Our recommendations for the work-programme 2018-2020
By David Donnerer | 953 visits
The EU Horizon 2020 programme and the Smart Cities & Communities initiative have been two important funding instruments for local energy and climate action in the past years. As the EU Commission is preparing its work-programme for the funding period 2018-2020, Energy Cities provides key recommendations to enable Horizon 2020 and Smart Cities & Communities to better support local and regional authorities in their energy transition.
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Friday 31 March 2017

#Stuttgart2017 Final programme online!
By Blandine Pidoux | 1188 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 21 February 2017

Just released! Two new guidebooks on financing the energy renovation of public and residential buildings
By Blandine Pidoux | 1475 visits
Learn how to develop and implement three innovative financing schemes that have been tested by 11 European cities and regions !
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Monday 23 January 2017

EU Emission Trading System: European Parliament puts a cap on local investments in "Modernisation Fund"
By David Donnerer | 677 visits
The EU Emission Trading System (ETS), a key tool of EU climate policy and the world’s largest carbon trading instrument, is currently being reformed for the period of 2021-2030. The European Parliament (EP) will adopt its ETS position on February 15th. According to its report, the Parliament plans to cap the share of local investments in the ETS Modernisation Fund. This funding instrument uses 2% of the ETS pollution permits revenue to support 10 Central and Eastern European Member States in their energy transition. Throughout 2016, Energy Cities had strongly advocated for a removal of this local energy investment barrier.
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Monday 21 November 2016

Carbon credits: think local !
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 538 visits
One of the possible financial incentives to foster low-carbon economies is pricing carbon and regulating its quantity through a carbon emissions trading system (ETS). In the European Union, the current system launched in 2005 has generated revenues, but much less than expected for several reasons: the carbon price is hovering around a very low €5/t, and too many permits to pollute have been given away to high-carbon industries.
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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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Tuesday 11 October 2016

The Brussels Green Loan: another incentive encouraging Brussels citizens to energy retrofit their homes
By Jana Cicmanova | 1210 visits
Buildings are responsible for 72% of the energy consumed in the area of Brussels-Capital Region. Since 2004, the region has launched a number of incentives, encouraging homeowners to improve energy performance of their dwellings. After an ‘energy grant’ and a ‘renovation grant’, the region has recently launched a revamped Brussels Green Loan.
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Friday 1 July 2016

Riga to support the energy renovation of 6,000 houses
By Jana Cicmanova | 1196 visits
6,000 houses (12M m2) should benefit from comprehensive energy renovation starting in the Latvian capital city. The municipality has created a revolving fund linked to a soft loan scheme which will provide loans at a low interest rate (up to 3% APR) to citizens and non-profit organisations via ESCOs and tenant cooperatives. The goal is to increase energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy and to reduce energy consumption in the housing sector.
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Wednesday 15 June 2016

Energy Efficiency and ESCO financing: Niš LE(A)DS the way
By David Donnerer | 777 visits
The Serbian city of Niš will achieve 23% energy savings on its public lighting using ESCO funding and technical assistance from the European Bank for Research and Development (EBRD).
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Tuesday 7 June 2016

Almada's Less Carbon Climate Fund becomes revolving
By Jana Cicmanova | 749 visits
After seven years of successful operation, Almada's Less Carbon Climate Fund is now being redesigned and upgraded - it will become a revolving fund.
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Monday 23 May 2016

The Udine Climate Fund: another step towards a sustainable energy city
By Jana Cicmanova | 667 visits
From its central position just in the middle of Friuli historical region, Udine has always renewed, year by year, its commitment towards the environmental sustainability in general and the reduction of CO2 emissions in particular.
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Friday 6 May 2016

#Bornova2016 - Remunicipalising energy services: why and how?
By Floriane Cappelletti | 836 visits
Over the last 15 years, 235 cities in 37 countries have brought water services back under public control benefiting 100 million people.
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Thursday 31 March 2016

In Stuttgart, private home owners can enjoy 'care-free' energy renovation package
By Floriane Cappelletti | 1019 visits
Our member city of Stuttgart, Germany, is developing a tailor-made contracting support service for private house owners.
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Thursday 17 March 2016

Energy-renovation of houses : In Bordeaux Metropole, 85% of households fit requirements for a dedicated bank loan !
By Floriane Cappelletti | 712 visits
Private housing accounts for 80% of Bordeaux Metropole’s housing stock and thus has been made a priority of its buildings’ energy-retrofitting policy. The objective of Bordeaux Metropole (Bordeaux Urban Community) is to implement several financing mechanisms that would ease energy-efficient renovation of the housing stock.
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Friday 19 February 2016

UK cities react against the government attack on their freedom to divest

Several UK cities, including Energy Cities’ member Milton Keynes, have spoken up against controversial plans from the national government to put restrictions on their freedom to divest from fossil fuels. Once again local leadership is being hampered by obstacles from the national level. A situation which reminds us of the not-so-distant case of the city of Vaxjo’s ambitious sustainable energy legislation being challenged by the Swedish competition authority.
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Thursday 11 February 2016

Portuguese city of Águeda sets up a local Fund for Energy and Water Efficiency
By Jana Cicmanova | 781 visits
Known for its colourful streets, the small Portuguese town of Águeda undertakes a number of actions from environmental education to technological innovation and energy efficiency with the objective to become the first ‘Smart City’ in the country. It does not lag behind the front-runner European cities when it comes to innovative financing either. The municipality has just created a local Fund for Energy and Water Efficiency based on the model used by the city of Stuttgart (Germany).
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Thursday 28 January 2016

Croatia's first local energy revolving fund is in Koprivnica!
By Jana Cicmanova | 1122 visits
When it comes to energy efficiency and innovative financing solutions, the city of Koprivnica is one the leading local authorities in Croatia. Together with its strategic partner Regional Energy Agency North (REA North), the municipality explored the opportunity to set up a local energy revolving fund that would finance its sustainable energy actions in the public sector.
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Wednesday 13 January 2016

Frederikshavn, Denmark: Mobilising savings ‘sleeping’ on citizens’ bank accounts
By Jana Cicmanova | 1002 visits
Local banks in the city of Frederikshavn confirm that citizens have never had such large savings on their accounts as they have today. However, it is not easy to convince them to make use of the money for energy renovation of their houses.
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Wednesday 8 July 2015

Unlocking investments in cities: Review of ELENA-EIB projects in Barcelona, Bristol, Malmö, Paris and Brussels-Capital Region
By Floriane Cappelletti | 2252 visits
Energy Cities published a review of the projects undertaken in the cities of Paris, Malmö (in association with Lund and Helsingborg), Barcelona, Bristol and Brussels-Capital that received support under the ELENA-EIB facility.
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