EU Commission new climate and energy proposals fall short of delivering structural change

The new EU proposals to reform the gas market and renovate the EU building stock have just been unveiled

“Being low carbon is not enough to be clean & sustainable”

We talked about nuclear energy and gas with negaWatt expert Yves Marignac

PROSPECT+, capacity building for cities & regions, launches its 2nd edition!

Increase your capacity in innovative financing by joining our new learning programme!

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Mireia Matencio and Anik Lehman-Tron

Community energy, a powerful force of change in Besançon

Interview with Anik Lehman-Tron (Besancon City Administration) and Mireia Matencio (Opale Energies Naturelles)

In this episode, two energy experts based in the East of France join me to share their plans for an energy community in the city of Besançon. Together, they want to operate energy production in an entirely different way and, what’s most important, boost the involvement of citizens. It is exciting to see how well the city and the private sector perspective converge!

Chris Vrettos

Community power through virtual net metering in Athens area

Interview with Chris Vrettos, Electra Energy Cooperative

We did a virtual travel to Ilioupoli, a sub-urban municipality in the Athens area. We wanted to meet Thanos Katsonis who works for the local government of Ilioupoli, and Chris Vrettos is driving force of the social cooperative Electra Energy. They are just about to kick-start a community power organisation. How will they work collaboratively to increase the number of prosumers in Greece and – who knows – to bring other good things to the local community? Thanos could not be there for the intervie, but Chris tells us how they push for a citizen energy culture and the steps necessary to achieve this.

Carmen Castells and Fernando González

Valencia aiming for 100 energy communities by 2030

Interview with Carmen Castells and Fernando Gonzalez

Until now, Valencia with its 800.000 inhabitants may be more known for its mild climate and lovely beaches than for its incredibly collaborative and forward-looking energy policy. In part 2 of our ECF collaboration lab series, we dive into Valencia’s impressive efforts to involve the local community in energy and climate matters.

One-Stop-Shop for energy home renovation
Aradippou - Cyprus

One-Stop-Shop for energy home renovation

Involving and rewarding citizens

Innovative energy solutions for subsidized housing
Vienna - Austria

Innovative energy solutions for subsidized housing

A developpers competition for energy efficient timber buildings

Crowd investing for solar roofs in Križevci
Križevci - Croatia

Crowd investing for solar roofs in Križevci

Finance your sustainable and climate action:   Experience from 195 public authorities in your hands for learning and replication

Finance your sustainable and climate action: Experience from 195 public authorities in your hands for learning and replication

A comprehensive guide

Innovative financing is often an option for local energy and climate projects, but cities and regions need to know better how to activate and use […]

Success Stories from PROSPECT

Success Stories from PROSPECT

Over the past months, almost 200 local/regional authorities and agencies got to exchange and learn about innovative mechanisms to finance their sustainable energy and climate […]

Investment needs for the local energy transition

Investment needs for the local energy transition

The case of five european cities: Ghent, Frederikshavn, Bordeaux-Métropole, Sevilla and Tallinn

This publication is relying on five examples of European cities,that are frontrunners in the local energy transition and which have put a number on their investment needs by 2050 in order to succeed in their transition. Through our case studies of the cities Ghent, Frederikshavn, Bordeaux-Métropole, Sevilla and Tallinn, all signatories of the Covenant of Mayors-Europe initiative, we have identified the local investment needs for the energy transition in different geographical, socio-economic and sectorial circumstances.

Balkan Solar Roofs

Balkan Solar Roofs

Campaigning and training for the production of community-owned energy in the Balkans

Balkan Solar Roofs

This ambitious project will empower three city administrations to enable and inspire 500 new solar roof installations by 2024. The three participating cities are Poreč […]

PROSPECT+

PROSPECT+

Capacity building for cities and regions - from learning to action!

PROSPECT+

A capacity-building programme on innovative financing, by and for EU cities and regions

LocalRES

LocalRES

Empowering local renewable energy communities for the decarbonisation of the energy systems

LocalRES

LocalRES project will deploy innovative local energy systems driven by renewable energy communities for a fair energy transformation that puts renewable energy into the hands […]