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Energy Cities, Local authorities in energy transition.

Energy Cities is the european association of local authorities in energy transition. The association created in 1990 represents now more than 1,000 towns and cities in 30 countries.

EU taking big step forward toward energy democracy
by Sara Giovannini
14 Jun 2018 at 7:55am

Early this morning the European Parliament and the European Council reached an agreement on the Renewable Energy Directive: by 2030 the EU will have to increase renewables to 32% share of the energy supply and in order to reach this binding target, for the first time, an explicit role for citizens and communities is foreseen.
After a long night of negotiations, the Parliament and the Council reached a final agreement on how Europe will implement renewables over the next decades.
The (...)

Air, Climate, Energy: all responsible
by Claire Roumet
31 May 2018 at 12:55am

Policy brief by Claire Roumet
A hotchpotch of players
On 17th May, the cities of Paris, Brussels and Madrid lodged a complaint with the European Court of Justice against the Commission for giving the car industry a right to pollute (Regulation (EC) No 692/2008 as regards emissions from light passenger and commercial vehicles) . On the same day, the European Commission instituted legal proceedings against 6 Member States (FR, UK, DE, IT, RO and HG) for ?failing to respect agreed (...)

Blockchain: bringing cooperation to the energy market
by David Donnerer, Miriam Eisermann
29 May 2018 at 6:39am

Think of an ant hill. Imagine hundreds, thousands of little self-organised insects moving in all directions, some of them handing tiny pieces of leaves over to their companion. Everything goes fast, nothing gets lost. Ants are driven by cooperation, not competition. I know, blockchain is far more complex than that, but isn't it also about transactions, cooperation and trust? And as much as ants, this disruptive technology is about balancing an entire, often urban, ecosystem.
What makes the (...)

@assises_energie : Be part of the programme!
by Béatrice Karas
24 May 2018 at 2:48am

At the end of January 2019, will be held in Dunkirk the 20th European Energy Transition Conference - the annual meeting of all European participants in energy transition and adapting to climate change.
As in previous years, the event's coorganisers ? the urban community of Dunkirk, Bordeaux Métropole, Greater Geneva, and the ADEME ? are calling for national and international contributions in order to build the schedule for the event. You want to organise an event ? Submit your proposal until (...)

Cities: testbeds for energy innovation ? Energy Atlas 2018
by Sara Giovannini
15 May 2018 at 8:16am

The Heinrich Böll Stiftung, the German Green Political Foundation, recently released its Energy Atlas 2018 - Facts and Figures about Renewables in Europe. The Atlas provides an overview of the current debates going on in the European Union countries, at the time when they are discussing their 2030 energy and climate strategies. It also reveals that a coordinated effort of EU member states towards the energy transition will be the more efficient and cost-effective option for all Europeans. (...)

EPC and why public authorities shouldn't shy away from it - New Guide on EPC ...
by Miriam Eisermann
14 May 2018 at 5:43am

As follow-up to the EUROSTAT accounting rules decision last year, a new guide has been published by EIB, Commission and Eurostat : "The Practitioners' Guide on the Statistical Treatment of Energy Performance Contracts in public accounts". It explains in detail how Energy Performance Contracts work and gives a clear overview of the potential impact on government finances. Download the guide.
EPC and why public authorities still shy away from it
EPC stand for Energy Performance Contracting, (...)

by Sara Giovannini
8 May 2018 at 12:58am

If you work on the energy transition, the same word comes up repeatedly: participation. But how can local authorities make sure this is not an empty box? How to avoid this ?they asked for our opinion, but it won't change their decision? feeling? How can citizens really feel part of the process, be listened to and connect with the big picture of their city? On the first day of Energy Cities' Annual Conference #rennes2018, Pepik Henneman, Transition Management consultant, tried to delve into (...)

#rennes2018 conference about sharing responsibilities in a radically new ener...
by Miriam Eisermann
25 Apr 2018 at 2:47am

Energy Cities' Annual Conference 2018 was hosted in France by the City and Metropolitan Area of Rennes, from 18-20th April.
The most valuable outcomes as identified by participants Critical discussions of new technologies and business models (Blockchain) Questioning and sharing the potential of collective initiatives (Urban Commons, urban-rural cooperation, cross-border projects) Debating and drafting proposals for improved policies and legal frameworks (Mayors' session and policy talk)
The (...)

Blockchain and energy transition - what challenges for cities? Find out in ou...
by David Donnerer
18 Apr 2018 at 7:43am

Energy blockchain experiments and pilots are multiplying, driven by tech-savvy entrepreneurs. It looks like the new technology is disrupting the energy system from Spain to the US. What is in it for cities? Energy Cities makes sense of the blockchain buzz with a newly released publication.
The blockchain is not just for techies: after stirring up financial markets through the virtual currency bitcoin, the blockchain technology is quickly conquering other industries and markets - notably (...)

10 Apr 2018 at 1:05am

ENLARGE is a project funded by the European programme Horizon 2020, that allows people to better understand the outcomes of their involvement in participatory processes, with a special focus on sustainable energy. In doing so, the project creates and disseminates knowledge on how to implement participatory processes that can be legitimated by the involvement of citizens, stakeholders, and public administrations, be able to influence the policy process and sustainable over time.
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