The SEC Tools project has
included pilot actions in 9 selected communities
respectively one in Latvia, three in Lithuania, one in
Poland, one in the Czech Republic, two in Bulgaria and one
in Eastern Germany.
The target areas of the pilot
actions correspond to three main axes; the local policy
making, the local energy citizenship (end-users) and the
local energy market. These are axes along which a
sustainable energy community has to develop in order to
achieve its energy policy objectives. All three are closely
interrelated, and they should all contribute to achieving
common objectives in a balanced way.
The pilot actions included:
Feasibility studies of various development options within RES and EE
Assessment of RES potentials
Energy audits within public and residential buildings
Assessment of various financing options
Specific implementation of EE and RES measures
Various actions aiming at mobilising end-users, including videos, seminars,
guidelines, meetings, consumer surveys etc.
These actions have first of all
contributed to increase the communitiesí knowledge and
awareness of various development options and have
strengthened them in selecting the right options and prepare
them for financing and implementation.
Furthermore some specific
measures were implemented within the framework of the
project which i.e. included:
A 5 MW wood biomass plant in Kaisiadorys, Lithuania
Renovation of five kindergartens in Karlovo, Bulgaria, based on ESCO
Renovation of a multi-apartment building in Kelme, Lithuania
In addition several of the
study results were institutionalised trough official
approvals etc. Examples of this include:
Successful heat allocation methodology developed and
approved by Price Commission.
Energy conception for Milevsko Region developed and approved,
establishing an Energy Committee within the City
Germany: Four energy communities established as a result of
a competition among municipalities
Poland: Energy Plan for Ustka developed
within the project and approved by the Municipal Board
Bulgaria: Results from energy audits and consumer surveys were adopted into
the municipal energy efficiency programmes
Latvia: Implementation of energy management procedures within the
Municipality of Ieceva
The drivers for implementing
the pilot actions were partly legal requirements, e.g.
requirements towards energy audits in public buildings and
local energy planning. The assistance offered through the
SEC Tools projects and local commitments among local
stakeholders were other important drivers.