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TOPIC : Development and market roll-out of innovative energy services and financial schemes for sustainable energy

Topic identifier: EE-21-2014
Publication date: 11 December 2013

Types of action: CSA Coordination and support action
DeadlineModel:
Opening date:
single-stage
11 December 2013
Deadline: 05 June 2014 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
  Horizon 2020
Topic Description
Scope:

Specific challenge: The public sector has an exemplary role to play (in particular as regards the management of public assets) in addressing the market deficiencies[1] by setting the stable regulatory environment and engaging in dialogue with the key stakeholders to improve the legal and financial framework and to put in place innovative financing schemes. However, the deployed public funds have to be matched and multiplied by the private sector capital, to address the financing gap.

The energy services industry together with the financial sector also need to develop new business models in order to better monetise future energy savings and tackle new sectors to reach its potential turnover of some EUR 25 billion per year[2].

Scope:

  • Proposals focusing on the roll-out of business models for innovative energy efficiency services (e.g. energy performance contracting), enabling to fully monetise the resulting energy savings.
  • Proposals replicating successful innovative financing solutions already implemented across the EU as well as successful innovative energy services. Particular attention should be given to innovative solutions enabling aggregation, securitisation, project bundling, structuring of clearing houses, or developing new investment mechanisms (e.g. crowd-funding for sustainable energy).
  • Proposals implementing large-scale capacity building for public authorities and SMEs to set-up or use innovative financing schemes for sustainable energy.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 1 and 1.5 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Expected impacts: Every million Euro of EU support invested into the relevant activitiesis expected to deliver savings of at least 25 GWh/year. All proposals should demonstrate a significant impact in terms of larger investments made by stakeholders in sustainable energy; primary energy savings; generated renewable energy; better implementation of energy-efficiency policies; number of policy makers influenced; number of people with increased skills; and/or number of people changing their behaviour.

Type of action: Coordination and Support Actions

[1] Energy Efficiency Plan, 2011 (COM(2011)109 final) and Energy Efficiency Directive 2012/27/EU

[2] JRC 2007, EEP

Cross-cutting Priorities:

Socio-economic science and humanities

Topic conditions and documents

Please read carefully all provisions below before the preparation of your application.

  1. List of countries and applicable rules for funding: described in part A of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.
     
  2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in part B and C of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme with the following exceptions:
    - at least three legal entities shall participate in an action;
    - each of the three legal entities shall be established in a different eligible country;
    - all three legal entities shall be independent of each other within the meaning of Article 7 of the rules of participation.
     
  3. Evaluation

    3.1  Evaluation criteria and procedure, scoring and threshold: described in part H of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.
    3.2 Guide to the submission and evaluation process
     
  4. Proposal page limits and layout: Please refer to Part B of the standard proposal template.
     
  5. Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement:
    One-stage evaluation: maximum 5 months from the final date for submission.
    Signature of grant agreements: maximum 3 months from the date of informing successful applicants.
     
  6. Provisions, proposal templates and evaluation forms for the type(s) of action(s) under this topic:

    Coordination and Support Action:

    Specific provisions and funding rates
    Standard proposal template (administrative forms and structure of technical annex)
    Standard evaluation form
    Annotated Model Grant Agreement
     
  7. Additional provisions:

    Horizon 2020 budget flexibility
    Classified information
    Technology readiness levels (TRL) – where a topic description refers to TRL, these definitions apply.
    Financial support to Third Parties – where a topic description foresees financial support to Third Parties, these provisions apply.

 

Additional documents

  • Legal basis - Framework Programme H2020 en
  • Legal basis - Specific Programme H2020 en
  • WP H2020 - 1. Introduction en
  • WP H2020 - 10. Secure, clean and efficient energy en
  • WP H2020 - 19. General Annexes en
  • Flash Call Info en

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