Once you have developed your MLG approach to energy planning, the final step is to implement it! Through the Coopenergy project, partners in each region delivered actions – jointly between regional authorities, local authorities, and energy agencies – to reach the strategic objectives of their regional and local SEAPs.
The real success factors and core of this strong collaborative process was determined by setting up specific Local Working Groups (LWG). This MLG model brought together regional and local authorities, technical and financial experts and potential stakeholders in each region, to reach shared targets through fruitful and effective partnerships.
Read a brief summary of some of the joint actions the Coopenergy partners delivered, by putting MLG into practice:
A specific Local Working Group (LWG) has been established in order to exploit bioenergy potential in the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region. The LWG’s main aim is to highlight different options and methods for using organic waste. Overcoming prejudices, by explaining energy production methods, forms the foundation for future success. The participation of citizens in energy projects plays a central role in this project.
The county of Norrbotten, Northern Sweden, is sparsely populated, distances are long and most of the communities are small. Therefore, having meeting places for networking and experience exchange is key. It is also a way to facilitate trust-building between stakeholders and to ensure better coherence between regional and local authorities’ energy planning.
Measures aimed to refurbish the public lighting system are a priority in almost all municipalities of Liguria and this represents a key action in all local SEAPs. In order to support the municipalities in this work, IRE SpA collected good practices in the region and shared them through meetings organised by a Regional Steering Committee (RSC), under the Covenant of Mayors (CoM) initiative. IRE SpA also shared a draft model of a joint procurement tender for public lighting renovation, to support municipalities to carry out future lighting refurbishments.
The Energy Agency of the Zlín Region (EAZK) has been carrying out a procurement process for organisations purchasing bulk energy since 2007. Since 2013 EAZK extended this opportunity to the municipalities of the region. From 2013 to 2015, 25 municipalities have joined the procurement process, achieving savings of approximately 290.000 EUR on their energy bills, both for electricity and natural gas. Until mid-2015 nine meetings on the joint procurement process took place in the region, with 22 municipalities and stakeholders present.
The Kent and Medway Sustainable Energy Partnership (KMSEP) developed the Kent and Medway Warm Homes scheme to offer subsidised heating and insulation measures to eligible residents, focusing on helping vulnerable people and those who struggle to pay their fuel bills. The KMSEP was established between 13 local authorities, one unitary authority and key partners across the housing, business and health sectors.
This action deals with a joint plan for public lighting renovation in municipalities (with under 200 inhabitants) in the Basque Country. The project counts on the collaboration between the National Energy Agency IDAE (with a subsidy for energy audits), the Energy Agency of the Basque Country EVE (performing the energy audits, acting as a central purchasing entity and managing all the necessary administrative works) and local authorities (installing the equipment and meeting safety and energy efficiency regulations for the lighting installations.
The goal is to review existing spatial planning tools at sub-regional level within the territory of Valence Romans Sud Rhône-Alpes (VRSRA); identify the barriers that will hamper the implementation of local SEAPs; and propose climate friendly recommendations through changes to spatial planning documents. After the setting up of a specific LWG, partners worked together during several technical meetings; they reviewed the SCOT and PCET (spatial planning and local SEAP documents respectively), identifying gaps and possible solutions in a participative manner. As a result, two information days about climate friendly spatial planning procedures were organised and a guide targeted at local public authorities and planning agencies.
The objective of this joint action is to support a “Positive Energy Territory” (TEPOS Biovallée) to develop a financial instrument, which could be replicated at regional level, to foster the implementation of renovation projects for private housing. To this aim, the Regional Council of Rhône-Alpes (RCRA) launched a study - using the learning from a renovation program, DOREMI, implemented on the territory of Biovallée - in order to define a program of refundable advances for renovation of private housing that could be replicated at the regional level. The implementation of this solution is to be performed in a second step.