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Energy Efficiency Investment: Is Europe Open for Business?

So far the European Commission recent climate and energy proposals lack a 2030 target for energy efficiency. In this ManagEnergy interview Dr Steve Fawkes, author and entrepreneur, talks about how to unlock the energy efficiency value opportunity.Q...

Posted March 26, 2014    

Energy Efficiency: The Italian Job

The work of one small provincial energy agency in rural Italy has led to investment of over EUR 90 million in energy efficiency in the region. Through a series of energy efficiency, energy management and transport upgrades, the award-winning...

Posted January 31, 2014    

Catalonia Declares Energy Independence

Som Energia (We are Energy) is Spain’s first renewable energy cooperative, founded in 2010 by one hundred and fifty Catalan citizens. Achieving European level recognition in the 2013 Sustainable Energy Europe Awards, Som Energia is now campaigning...

Posted December 18, 2013    

Crowdfunding for Renewables: Game Changer?

Crowdfunding of renewable energy projects is growing fast in Europe. If this grassroots movement gets organized in time to access the big money available in the next round of cohesion funding, it could have far reaching effects on the European...

Posted November 6, 2013    

Crowdfunding for Wind Energy Sets New World Record

This week 1700 Dutch households raised EUR 1.3 million in just thirteen hours to buy shares in a wind turbine – setting a new world record for crowdfunding. For the next 12 years, these households will receive their own sustainable energy from the...

Posted September 26, 2013    

Europe's 20/20 Energy Vision and Beyond

Already Brussels is looking beyond 2020 for its climate and energy targets, with the European institutions in recent weeks endorsing 2030 goals and opening public consultation on the 2030 policy framework.  Leading questions include - what type...

Posted April 20, 2013    

EU Policy Push a Boon for Energy Service Companies?

As public budgets are squeezed in the grip of a long and weary recession, European policymakers are pushing hard to promote energy performance contracting as the silver bullet which can deliver public sector energy efficiency.  Through...

Posted March 14, 2013    

Ireland Launches Energy Efficiency Fund

Despite – or perhaps because of - the acute economic recession in Ireland, the Irish government has earmarked USD 45 million in seed capital for a new energy efficiency fund to help reduce the cash-strapped nation’s energy consumption by 20%.On 28...

Posted March 5, 2013    

Dublin Firefighters Go Carbon Neutral

The Kilbarrack Fire Station Carbon Neutral Project began life not solely as a response to climate change and energy efficiency, but also as an exercise in social cohesion and community responsibility.A plan was formulated to look at the station as a...

Posted February 22, 2013    

Biogas Potential "3-4 Times Higher" from Combining Local Waste Streams

Considering waste streams as potential assets and community support were key elements in the development of this innovative biogas project, as described in the ManagEnergy interview with project promoter Steen Danielsen from Solrod municipality in...

Posted February 21, 2013    

Renewable Energy Cooperatives: Power to the People

By the end of 2012, the UN International Year of Cooperatives, significant gains were made by the citizen-led movement for local sustainable energy.  According to European Commission figures, 1 in 3 European citizens are members of cooperatives...

Posted February 15, 2013