Alix Bolle

19 posts on the Energy Cities Blog


EU-US cooperation: Unconventional energy stories from four “allied cities”

The first three days of “learning labs” and workshop activities took place in Cambridge in October 2018 while the other three were just completed last April in Nantes. Read below to get a glimpse of some of the unusual, thought-provoking stories (...)

By Alix Bolle, on 9 May 2019 | 09h01 | 265 visits


EU readies for the “money talk”: Quick overview of what the future could hold

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 Commission would support such a move, the real battle still to be fought (...)

By Alix Bolle, on 8 March 2018 | 17h05 | 1441 visits


Cities meet European decision makers to discuss EU’s future budget and energy policy

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 (...)

By Alix Bolle, on 2 March 2018 | 12h56 | 1622 visits


Destination 100% Renewable Energy: How far are cities?

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 renewable energy (...)

By Alix Bolle, on 30 January 2018 | 15h51 | 1616 visits


Renewable energy directive vote: No binding targets, but a strong framework for citizen energy

An EU-wide 35% target with increased flexibility at national level In addition to the targets not being nationally-binding, the report grants a 10% flexibility to Member States that deviate from their trajectory in the event of "exceptional and (...)

By Alix Bolle, on 8 December 2017 | 17h12 | 1051 visits


Members of EU Parliament vote for cities to have voice in national energy planning

For the record, the proposed regulation on the governance of the Energy Union, which the European Commission published in November of last year, was essentially meant to ensure the EU as a whole is on track to achieve its energy and climate (...)

By Alix Bolle, on 8 December 2017 | 10h20 | 1454 visits


United in Diversity? What Europe can do with its energy policy

Today, President Juncker delivers his yearly State of the Union speech. On the agenda will be yet another tireless attempt of addressing the “what kind of Europe we want” question, echoing the speech President Macron gave just about a week earlier (...)

By Alix Bolle, on 20 September 2017 | 09h46 | 1237 visits


Cities meet Members of European Parliament to discuss contribution to key energy legislations

Hosted by MEP Claude Turmes, who recently released his draft report on the proposal for a regulation on the Governance of the Energy Union, the event’s agenda was mainly centred around three topics: the support to community energy projects in the (...)

By Alix Bolle, on 23 June 2017 | 16h06 | 1716 visits


Energy Cities launches pan-European study on remunicipalisation and local energy ownership

In a session to be held today at 11:00 and titled: “Leading the Energy Transition: The different flavours of local energy communities and companies”, the author of the study Andreas Rüdinger will present the key findings of the study. Spanning (...)

By Alix Bolle, on 22 June 2017 | 10h00 | 2591 visits


Local energy ownership in Europe: An exploratory study

Four phenomena Local energy management can take many forms, and the study outlines and develops four specific processes: 1. Remunicipalisation 2. Political decentralization 3. Citizen projects 4. Participatory governance The driving role (...)

By Alix Bolle, on 31 March 2017 | 17h02 | 2156 visits


Energy Cities presents a brighter, local State of the Energy Union !

#1 Decarbonisation means a proper phase-out plan for fissile and fossil-based economies Cities are the lead actors of the post-carbon economy, with many of them committing to fossil-fuel-free or climate neutral strategies, while others adopt (...)

By Alix Bolle, on 1 February 2017 | 14h13 | 1821 visits


Democracy, Decentralisation, Divestment: '3D screening' of the EU Energy Package

On the rhetoric, the package includes very positive language on each dimension of this 3D agenda for action. But as always, the devil is in the detail and a closer look at actual provisions provides a much bleaker picture. What’s in the package? (...)

By Alix Bolle, on 30 November 2016 | 16h26 | 1343 visits


The Energy Union badly needs a “revolution from below”

Over the course of this summer, the European Commission plans to flesh out its proposal for the governance of the Energy Union. Unfortunately, early versions and preliminary documents surrounding this exercise show that the local dimension is (...)

By Alix Bolle, on 27 June 2016 | 17h15 | 1500 visits


A sharper, 3D vision of our energy future

The first D – do not see here any form of hierarchy – is DIVEST. Our understanding of this buzz word is "changing directions", i.e. favouring sound investment choices with a long life! Today’s news are not very reassuring in this regard. The (...)

By Alix Bolle, on 15 March 2016 | 17h00 | 2730 visits


Towards Energy Democracy? Our 4 Recommendations for the revised Renewables Directive!

Building on successful examples from Member States such as Germany (900+ cooperatives, thousands of local utilities), Austria and Scandinavian countries, shouldn’t the EU rather strive to become the world number one in community energy? Such an (...)

By Alix Bolle, on 15 February 2016 | 09h52 | 927 visits


Local elected leaders urge European Commission to reshape energy governance architecture

Our President and Mayor of Heidelberg Eckart Würzner addressed a joint letter to European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefovi, co-signed by local elected leaders representing CEMR, Climate Alliance, Energy Cities, FEDARENE and ICLEI. (...)

By Alix Bolle, on 16 November 2015 | 13h48 | 1627 visits


Setting the scene: The European Parliament’s debate on energy security

The report still includes many references to outdated, centralised modes of energy production (such as endigenous fossil fuels and nuclear energy). Besides, some adopted amendments increase the focus on carbon capture and storage – potentially (...)

By Alix Bolle, on 19 May 2015 | 13h42 | 1207 visits


Juncker Plan: European Parliament decides to support local energy efficiency projects!

This means that one quarter of the EUR 315 billion of investment to be unlocked by the Juncker Investment Plan will be dedicated to energy efficiency. And because the ITRE committee has an exclusive competency on the decisions regarding the use (...)

By Alix Bolle, on 15 April 2015 | 17h57 | 1556 visits


"We need your positive energy": EU Commission Vice President Šefovi meets Energy Cities mayors

After hearing the success stories shared by the mayors and representatives of the cities of Delft, Vaxjo, Dijon, Heidelberg, Helsinki, Bornova, Riga and Bielsko Biala, Šefovi enthusiastically reiterated the European Commission’s (...)

By Alix Bolle, on 9 March 2015 | 17h57 | 2311 visits

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