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Regional clusters in energy planning (REGCEP)
22 Jan 2015

Summary: RegCEP focus on the use of regional clusters for sustainable energy planning, providing a territorial instrument for the development of intelligent energy by enterprises. The project aims to help overcome barriers to the intelligent use of energy in SMEs, by exploiting regional clusters as a tool for energy planning by industry.

 

regCEP

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RegCEP promotes regional clusters as an instrument for integrating energy and regional policies. The project has three specific objectives: To produce intelligent energy plans with start-up of pilot projects for 8 regional clusters; To empower 700 enterprises across Europe to integrate intelligent energy into their business practices; To develop a trans-national toolkit for regional clusters and energy planning, capable of transfer across Europe. Thirteen partners, representing energy and regional development agencies from 9 EU Member States, as well as the European association of regional development agencies, will work on this 30-month project, which is organised in eight work packages.

Results

  • Intelligent energy plans with start-up of pilot projects for 8 regional clusters
  • 700 enterprises across Europe will be empowered to integrate intelligent energy into their business practices
  • A trans-national toolkit will be developed for regional clusters and energy planning, capable of transfer across Europe

Lessons Learned

Renewable energy

  • The partner clusters have access to all forms of renewable energy, but there was very little real penetration of renewable energy into the clusters
  • Companies are reluctant, neutral or opposed to adopting renewables
  • Constraints include: lack of expertise; relative cost disadvantage of renewable energy against conventional energy; administration difficulties

Energy efficiency

  • Use of energy efficiency was lower than expected
  • There is a need to integrate energy into the pressing financial difficulties of the enterprises in the current recession
  • Promotion of energy management is key

Energy plans

  • Five main strategies were highlighted - energy enhancements to buildings, energy management, renewable energy, funding and energy for production
  • The need for an integrated cluster approach is evident

Pilot projects

  • All the projects effectively exploit the “cluster” approach, grouping selected companies for more intelligent use of energy – district energy systems, managing energy consumption, shared energy on a common electrical grid, training and study visits, increase information about energy, intelligent buildings, combined heat power and shared solar power

Trans-national ‘toolkit’

  • The strategy of “district energy” aims to make available to enterprises in clusters a range of energy solutions, based around shared facilities and common ownership, such as “co-generation” or “combined heat power”

Resources

Project's summary + key documents and contact

Project's webpage on the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme's website

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