We are excited to announce the results of the call for technical assistance. 24 proposals representing 35 municipalities across Europe will receive direct support to take local action against energy poverty. Through this collaboration, local governments will receive technical assistance to produce effective local results that can serve as inspirational cases for other local governments aiming to undertake similar processes.
Discover below the awarded applicants and their presentations.
Municipality of Bucharest, 2nd District, Romania
The aim of the 2nd District of the Romanian capital is to update its local development strategy. The center for the study of democracy will accompanied the municipal staff to carry out a general evaluation of energy poverty and identify the best local indicators. The results will help to broaden the intervention to individual homes, as the city already started to intervene in multi-family buildings. The new identified measures and action will be part of the climate action plan of the city.
Together with the city of Metz, the Eurometropolis will receive expert support from GP conseil, which will be accompanied by Gefosat association, to strengthen the diagnosis of energy poverty following the results of a previous pilot project, analyse financing solutions and build the operational planning to increase energy renovation and engagement activities.
Lumiar Civil Parish, in collaboration with the Local Partnership of Telheiras, will develop a pilot project for a renewable energy community. The cooperative Coopérnico will assist in the evaluation of energy poverty and the design of the energy community, from technical, legal aspects and financing schemes to the development of the community with a communication and engagement plan and raising-awareness events to explain and involve citizens in the project.
The technical assistance will enable the municipality of Amposta to deepen the diagnosis of energy poverty in the region of Montsia. The association of Engineering Without Borders will accompany the municipality, which is collaborating with the Montsia County Council, the Energy for Equality (EPI) cooperative and the FITES Terres de l'Ebre Cooperative, to broaden the diagnosis, provide capacity building to the stakeholders involved in the project and prepare the implementation of measures.
The municipality of Modena, in collaboration with the association Porta Aperta, aims to develop its programme Urban Network Investing Resources for an Energy Community (UNIRE). They will receive expert support from the agency for energy and sustainable development (AESS) to diagnose energy poverty, engage stakeholders and identify characteristics and potential for the development of the energy community.
The Spanish municipality Murcia will update its plan against energy and water poverty thanks to the technical support provided by the expert cooperative Aeioluz. They will together organise training activities and a participatory approach to structure the update of the municipal plan.
The municipality of Zagreb will be accompanied by the expert organisation DOOR to finalise the Energy Poverty Mitigation Programme of the city. They will gather data through a questionnaire conducted on a representative sample of citizens in Zagreb to identify key aspects of energy poverty and indicators to support the development of the programme.
Technical assistance will be provided to Sitges municipality to develop a roadmap to tackle energy poverty. The foreseen diagnosis will help to identify energy poverty characteristics in the city and map vulnerable households to participate in energy communities. The results will also help to train municipal staff on how to work on the issue. The municipality will be accompanied by the foundation Ecodes for the next 9 months to carry out the programme.
The region of Cerdanya will receive expert support from the cooperative El Risell to improve the diagnosis of energy poverty in the region. The diagnostic will enable the identification of public facilities suitable for photovoltaic installations in order to develop energy communities. Technical staff and political representatives will also be trained thanks to the results of the diagnosis.
The municipality of Ampelokipi-Menemeni, in collaboration with the Process Equipement Design Laboratory (PEDL) of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, will receive direct support to develop the diagnosis of energy poverty. The expert organisation Initialising Energy Balance Towards Zero (INZEB) will provide 9 months of assistance to improve internal capacity of the whole diagnosis process and help municipal staff to develop methodological approach for recording and mapping energy poverty.
Stay tuned for the detailed results and the presentation of the other successful applicants.
Learn more about the call
The tailor-made assistance will run for up to 9 months and will be made possible due to the strong collaboration between the local government, the EPAH team and an expert organisation selected based on the actions foreseen per proposal.
The other selected applicants are currently working with the EPAH team and the associated expert to finalise the workplan which will guide the technical assistance process (in which phase(s) the municipality is acting) and to identify the final result expected (what kind of components and actions will be developed).
The selected municipalities applied to the EPAH open public call for technical assistance that run between the 1st of February and the 15th of March 2022. Local governments and/or organisations working in strict collaboration with local governments from all the 27 EU Member States were invited to submit a proposal to receive support in the process of tackling energy poverty. A webinar was held in English on 3 February 2022. You can access the recording and the presentation.
In 2023 the 2nd call for technical assistance will be launched. To stay updated, check regularly our website, follow us on Twitter and subscribe to our newsletter.