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Transparent Energy Planning and Implementation (TRANSPLAN)

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The TransPlan project introduced a low-cost energy planning tool for the systematic monitoring of energy consumption development. This tool has been used by partners and observer islands and can in principle be used by any other local or regional community. It demonstrated how communities can collect in a simple way data to determine their energy balances and how they can draw efficient plans to introduce the use of renewable energy sources. Transplan aimed to create a consensus amongst all stakeholders for them to work together towards a common goal where all parts of the community have a role to play. Long-term energy action plans and strategies for 5 islands, containing a systematic monitoring of the development in energy consumption, a demonstration of efficient processes and tools for dissemination activities, were developed. In Transplan, steps have been taken to implement more renewable energy actions and disseminate visions and plans among local citizens, politicians, utilities, companies, organisations and at national and international meetings, exhibitions etc.

Results

  • Strenghtening the network of the project partners as well as links among local energy utilities, organisations, companies, energy consultants etc
  • Updated or new energy plans/strategies for 5 partner islands based on energy data and two scenarios for 2025 (business as usual and a chosen vision)
  • Learning to use a transparent energy planning tool in 5 partner islands. Observers from the islands Oland (Sweden), Hiiumaa (Estonia) and Rügen (Germany) and 3 provinces in Sardinia took part in the process and were informed about the methodology of the Transplan project. Several of these islands took up the challenge to develop and implement long term sustainable energy strategies
  • Exchange of needs, experiences and targets as part of the local implementation process
  • More steps towards raising the general awareness on energy consumption and the visions of the participating islands
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Lessons learned

  • Usefulness of the tool to collect data on local energy consumption and to calculate future scenarios. Access to data was sometimes challenging and this could be a barrier to transparent energy policies.
  • Importance to create consensus among local stakeholders and to establish a common dissemination strategy at a early stage of the project.
  • The creation of an ambassador wel-communication between islands has not succeeded; The barriers were the differences in local legislation, administration and culture as well as timing. In addition, ambassadors were willing to invest their free-time in the organisation of local activities but not in discussing online.
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Partners and coordinator

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Contact

Bornholms Regionskommune
Denmark
Contact point: 
Name: 
Louise Lyng Bojesen
Tel: 
+45 5692 2059

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In brief

Duration:
01/09/2007 to 26/02/2010
Contract number: 
EIHOR/EIE/07/282/2007

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