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Victory for local energy! Swedish municipality of Växjö wins case against competition authority

Victory for local energy! Swedish municipality of Växjö wins case against competition authority

Three years ago, the municipality of Växjö was sued by the national competition authority for requiring city owners to connect to its local district heating […]

Local elected leaders urge European Commission to reshape energy governance architecture

Local elected leaders urge European Commission to reshape energy governance architecture

Last Friday, less than a week before the release of the state of the Energy Union report, Energy Cities teamed up with the key four […]

Response to the New Energy Market Design Consultation

Response to the New Energy Market Design Consultation

In July, the European Commission launched a public consultation process on the new energy market design

Energy Cities responded to the European Commission consultation on the new Energy Market Design, running until the end of October 2015. In our view, the new energy market design should ensure equal treatment and non-discrimination for all market players, be it private companies or energy citizens.

EU after-summer policy wrap-up

EU after-summer policy wrap-up

What are the crunch issues of the current and future EU Agenda for cities committed to the energy transition? Read this editorial by Claire Roumet, […]

Launch of the largest ever consultation on the future of the Covenant of Mayors

Launch of the largest ever consultation on the future of the Covenant of Mayors

The Covenant of Mayors initiative, launched in 2008, was born intrinsically linked to the European Union’s 2020 climate and energy package. Close to 6,500 signatory […]

#COP21 – European mayors’ message to Paris negotiators

#COP21 – European mayors’ message to Paris negotiators

In the latest issue of Energy Cities INFO magazine, the mayors of Figueres (Spain), Växjö (Sweden) and Milton Keynes (UK) express their expectations as regards […]

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

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

At the end of 2014, the European Parliament published a report on the European Energy Security Strategy focusing on diversifying import routes for fossil fuels. It however […]

A warm welcome to our new member cities and Board of Directors!

A warm welcome to our new member cities and Board of Directors!

Since the latest General Assembly, Energy Cities is proud to have welcomed 18 new members from 10 different countries. New members Aradippou (Cyprus)Clermont Communauté (France)Epernay (France)Ettlingen Stadtwerke (Germany)Faaborg Midtfyn (Denmark)Hadera (Israel) […]

European capitals and big cities commit to joint public procurement #COP21

European capitals and big cities commit to joint public procurement #COP21

This Thursday, 26 March, about thirty mayors from European capitals and big cities gathered in Paris, which is to host the COP21 in December. Amongst […]

Energy Union – It can’t work without cities and citizens

Energy Union – It can’t work without cities and citizens

Thursday 26 February 2015 ‘Cities are key to the establishment of the Energy Union project’ said Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič yesterday at a high-level […]

Energy Union or top-down implementation?

Energy Union or top-down implementation?

City Councillor speaks out at Riga Conference

The initial orientations given by the European Commission to flesh out its flagship proposal for an ‘Energy Union’ appear to misunderstand the wide meaning of […]

It is still not too late to act. It will take a far-reaching vision, it will take courage, it will take fierce, fierce determination to act now, to lay the foundations where we may not know all the details about how to shape the ceiling.

Greta Thunberg, Climate activist

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