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Across Europe, the renewables sector increased market share in 2011, with ‘bold local initiatives’cited as a leading factor in the sector’s growth. According to a new report released by EurObserv’ER , the renewables sector now has a 13.4% market share, employs 1.19 million people and accounts for a turnover of EUR 137 billion. The European… » read more

Posted by Clare Taylor

First launched in 2008, RE:FIT is the Mayor of London’s award-winning scheme to provide a commercial model for public bodies wishing to achieve substantial financial cost savings, improve the energy performance of their buildings and reduce their CO2 footprint. Honoured by ManagEnergy in the 2011 Local Energy Action Award, the scheme has now been rolled… » read more

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ManagEnergy talks with Stuart Broom at the EIB’s European PPP Expertise Centre (EPEC) about energy performance contracting and what local authorities need to do to get energy efficiency projects ready for the next funding period. Could you tell us about EPEC’s work, especially how it relates to investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy? EPEC… » read more

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Wednesday 23 January was Intelligent Energy Europe Info Day 2013. This year’s call, which has a total budget of €65 million, is open until 8 May 2013. This year, Info Day was busier than ever as the funding rounds become ever more competitive. Many participants were swapping project ideas and business cards, as finding the… » read more

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So the new Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) is official, and Member States will have to comply with the provisions of this directive within 18 months from its entry into force. Hopes are high for the successful implementation of the directive and the consequent energy savings – but so much depends on local and regional action… » read more

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By the end of 2012, the UN International Year of Cooperatives, significant gains were made by the citizen-led movement for local sustainable energy. According to European Commission figures, 1 in 3 European citizens are members of cooperatives, a market sector which employs 5.4 million people. In fact, more Europeans are invested in cooperatives than in… » read more

Posted by Clare Taylor