RegEnergy network promotes green, secure and affordable energy in Europe

The security and efficiency of regional energy systems is a vital component of regional development across Europe. The RegEnergy project responded to this need with environmentally friendly, affordable and secure solutions.

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RegEnergy brought together a network in 11 countries to promote efficient use of energy through local policy making and financial incentives. RegEnergy brought together a network in 11 countries to promote efficient use of energy through local policy making and financial incentives.

RegEnergy, which ran for 30 months between April 2005 and September 2007, was a Europe-wide project with 18 national, regional and municipal partners in 11 countries. Its aim was to provide green and affordable energy solutions and share best practices through the partners of the network.

The network promoted efficient use of energy by being involved in local policy making and through financial incentives. The network benefitted from previous project experience through which it had investigated innovation in the heat sector and its benefits for regional development.

Wide network of partners

The availability and security of energy remains an important aspect in the competitiveness of European regions, as well as a contributor to economic and social cohesion. Local and regional municipalities play a principal role in energy supply, as suppliers of districting heating. Public authorities in the new EU Member States face particular technical and institutional problems in this field, due to fragmented decision making, financial constraints and a lack of coherent policy development.

The project network consisted of communities, energy suppliers, research facilities and regional development agencies in the heat energy sector, focusing on improving and promoting renewable energy solutions.

RegEnergy had five major focus components:

  • management and coordination;
  • local district heating utility restructuring and regulatory reform;
  • innovative policy measures for sustainable local and regional heat energy supply;
  • innovative financing instruments for district heated areas and public-private investments;
  • local energy pilot projects in the heating/cooling sector.

The results of the project actions were compiled into the guides ‘Project Tool for Policy Makers’ and ‘7 Steps to Your Action Plan’.

The project partners developed a web-based guide, which serves as a tool for municipal and regional policy-makers, in order to share guidelines, studies and best practices on sustainable energy solutions. It provides information on innovative policy measures and financing solutions for sustainable heating and cooling projects and shares practices on how to develop suitable approaches to implement such sustainable solutions in other regions and communities.

RegEnergy has been able to partially influence policies, institutional structures and investment decisions in the partner regions or countries. Selected project methodologies and results have been fed into ongoing policy formulation processes, one such example is the Regional Biomass Programme of the Abruzzo region in Italy. One of the follow up operations currently translates RegEnergy findings into policy recommendations for the region of Kaliningrad Oblast in Russia. For the German Federal Ministry of Finance, the lead partner of the project, addressing institutional changes for efficient energy provision was an important issue.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “RegEnergy – Network of Pioneering Communities and Regions Working on Innovative Heat Solutions” was EUR 1 466 234, with the EU’s European Regional Development Fund contributing EUR 830 942 through the “Innovation and knowledge-based economy” priority of the INTERREG IIIC European Territorial Cooperation Programme for the 2000-2006 programming period. 

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