Originating in 2002 as an energy policy think tank, ManagEnergy is a technical support initiative of the Intelligent Energy-Europe (IEE) programme of the European Commission which aims to assist actors from the public sector and their advisers working on energy efficiency and renewable energy at the local and regional level.
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The work of ManagEnergy is organised around four pillars; the website www.managenergy.net, capacity building and training for local sustainable energy actors; promoting good practice and networking, and communication and coordination with other initiatives.
ManagEnergy.net provides regularly updated news and features on a range of topics, including policy news, sustainable energy financing on the local, regional and national level, updates from Intelligent Energy-Europe and the Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation, as well as in-depth analysis of ground-breaking projects.
Finding the right partners is an essential ingredient to the success of any project. ManagEnergy hosts a partner search which helps energy actors find partners to apply for funding initiatives such as annual Intelligent Energy-Europe. Make sure that your profile in the ManagEnergy directory of actors is up-to-date, so that you can find - and be found - with the ManagEnergy Partner Search tool.
The ManagEnergy events calendar has an up-to-date and comprehensive listing of local sustainable energy events taking place across Europe – to keep in touch, subscribe to the events calendar feed.
On Managenergy.net, you can also search the library of case studies, download publications including the annual Good Practice Brochures, and sign up for the newsletter.
Upcoming developments on the website include new sections for project finance, education and SMEs.
Capacity building and training
ManagEnergy is charged with organising 45 capacity building workshops around Europe in the period 2012-2014. Following the adoption of the Energy Efficiency Directive, a key focus of the workshops is to pave the way for a well-functioning energy services market. ManagEnergy workshops form an integral part of the Energy Performance Contracting Campaign to support Member States and market actors in this process.
Eleven capacity building workshops took place in the second half of 2012. The focus was on building the capacities of local authorities to undertake the design of Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs) and moving from planning to SEAP implementation. Reports from the capacity building workshops give great insight into what is happening on the ground across Europe in the transition to sustainable energy – read here about activating sustainable energy planning in Estonia, and the potential for energy performance contracting in Slovenia.
The ManagEnergy capacity building workshops in 2013 and 2014 will continue to explore EPC as an instrument for addressing the huge energy-saving potential in all EU countries. We invite all stakeholders to follow the process and take advantage of the opportunities discussed and good practices presented.
Promoting good practice and networking
A high profile annual awards ceremony promotes good practice - the 2013 round of ManagEnergy's Local Energy Action Award competition closed on 8 March 2013, and the shortlist has been published.
Winning projects will be showcased at the ManagEnergy annual conference and during a special ceremony in Brussels during the 2013 European Sustainable Energy Week. Honoured by ManagEnergy in the 2011 Local Energy Action Award, the RE:FIT scheme has now been rolled out nationwide to public sector organisations across the United Kingdom.
Selected projects will also be included in the next issue of the ManagEnergy Good Practice Brochure, promoted on the ManagEnergy website and aligned initiatives, and presented at various ManagEnergy events across Europe.
ManagEnergy's networking meetings are targeted, thematic events that aim to promote good practices and facilitate learning, exchange and networking for local and regional actors working in the sustainable energy field. Networking meetings range from large public events to small focused workshops – keep an eye on the events listings for upcoming dates.
Communication and coordination
An example of this coordination is the ManagEnergy role in the Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) campaign. In October 2012, DG Energy in cooperation with the European Investment Bank's PPP Expertise Centre (EPEC), ManagEnergy and the Covenant of Mayors launched an EU-Energy Performance Contracting Campaign to support Member States and market actors with rolling out of functioning energy services market. Standards for energy performance contracting, what local authorities need to know to effectively manage EPCs, what can be done to encourage ESCO take-up in an early stage market, along with best practice guidance documents from national energy agencies and EPEC are just some of the resources collected by ManagEnergy and shared on BUILD UP. The campaign is due to run until the end of 2013.