Project Details

Title: Regional Strategies for Energy Conscious Communities
Priority: 2: Environment and risk prevention
Theme: Energy and sustainable transport

Type of intervention

Type of intervention: 1: Regional Initiative Project
Mini-programme: No
Duration: 1st Jan 2012 - 31st Dec 2014


Total budget: €2,210,186.70
ERDF contribution: €1,718,589.54

Lead partner

Province of Potenza
Piazza delle Regioni, 1
I-85100, POTENZA

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    • Contact Person: Mr Dr Alessandro Attolico
      Phone: +39-0971-417290
      Fax: +39-0971-51677

Project summary

RENERGY should be seen in a context of the EU Strategy for Competitive, Effective and Secure Energy (2020) setting out objectives and main line of action to address urgent global energy concerns: excessive reliance on non-renewable fossil fuels, dependency on energy imports from certain countries, safety issues (e.g. nuclear) and the significant CO2 contribution of transport sector and fossile energy sources to climate change. RENERGY deals with the multiple dimensions of the „energy crisis”.

To seize the momentum of Energy 2020 and the urgency to strengthen our competitiveness in the energy field and ensure local economic growth more effective local/regional level actions are needed. RES are often produced and distributed locally & not suitable for distant transportation and local action has also better chance of influencing energy consumer/producer/supplier behaviour. However, current local/regional energy policies point at several bottlenecks. Stakeholder involvement is not

effective & energy policies/strategies do not necessarily correspond to the interests of stakeholders & the infrastructural & architectural settings. Such shortcomings jeopardise efficient planning & implementation of energy policies.


RENERGY, thus, aims to improve effectiveness of local/regional sustainable energy policies/strategies by (1) demonstrating the relevance of a holistic, integrative, bottom up process to take local community needs, demands, cultural and infrastructural characteristics into account, (2) emphasizing the crucial role of the energy business sector in RES uptake and EE management and (3) emphasizing the role of local/regional governance bodies in developing/implementing sustainable energy policies and furnish these bodies with sufficient competences, powers & knowledge. These 3 issues are the main project pillars analysed and communicated through the 3 Case Studies and the Energy Labs. Energy Labs is a completely new platform concept for local energy

action ensuring continuous dialogue and cooperation between experts, producers/suppliers and end-user representing the 3 project pillars. These partners will together evaluate their own region in terms of RES/EE efficiency, present case studies & participate in the 3 case study exchanges to fill knowledge gaps & prepare & implement local/regional RES/EE implementation plans. The results & experience of the 3 thematic Case Studies and Energy Labs will feed into a Model Implementation Plan including policy recommendations the findings of which will be disseminated to target groups and used at regional/local level by partners while designing their regional implementation plans.


RENERGY brings together a balanced partnership with public authorities from Italy, Austria, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Rumania and the UK pooling valuable knowledge/experience in these 3 thematic clusters that function as “knowledge centers” & case study examples.

Project achievements

The Province of Potenza and the project partners (PP) started the RENERGY project with the aim to improve effectiveness of local/regional sustainable energy policies and strategies by demonstrating the relevance of a bottom up process to take local community needs/demands, cultural and infrastructural characteristics into account.

As 1st step, PPs confirmed the composition of the three Thematic Groups: Community Involvement, Renewable Energy Sources uptake and Policy making and on the kick-off meeting (12-13.04.2012/Rome) selected their thematic experts. The Launching Conference was held in Potenza (28-29.06.2012) together with the 1st TG meeting where the Thematic Group Leaders (TGL: P2, P4, P8) presented the template and questionnaires for the Self-Assessment Reports (SAR). Partners’ SARs served as a basis for the Synthesis Report.

Case Study Lead Partners (CSLP: LP/P2, P3 and P8) evaluated their own region concerning the 3 thematic pillars of the project and identified relevant



case studies for the exchange visits. CSLPs developed 3 Case study Concepts (CSC) and the Method for Case Study Exchange (MCSE).The 2nd TG meeting including policy debate was held in Lisbon (26-27.02.2013) focusing on: SARs, Synthesis Report, Good Practice Guide, CSCs, MCSE. The project objectives were supported by the Energy Labs at each partner location where relevant stakeholders could provide inputs and suggestions for the implementation of the project. Energy Labs as communication platform ensured a continuous dialogue and cooperation between experts, producers/suppliers and end-user. A guideline for the identification of stakeholders was delivered and PPs prepared their local stakeholders list. In total 3 rounds of local Energy Labs have been organized by all partners involving key regional and local partners. In order to better inform stakeholders, a Stakeholder Information material was prepared and adapted by each partner.PPs and their thematic experts took part in 4 Case Study

Exchange Workshops in Slagelse, Tulln, Potenza and Szentes.Each project partner identified local good practices and Case Study Lead Partners in cooperation with the TG leaders selected 25 Good Practices for the Good Practice Guide.

The Mid-Term Event was organised in Worms (10-11.10.2013) and had main focus on the results/findings of the case study exchange process and preliminary discussion on the Local Implementation Plans(LIP).

Linked to the Mid-Term Event, the project’s Mid-Term evaluation took place, analyzing the project’s progress & assessing the level of efficiency and effectiveness based on relevant project documents and partners’ view.

TGLs finished the elaboration of the Case Study Reports including transferable tools and methods for the LIPs. Also, they elaborated the peer review methodology and matrix. In parallel, based on the template for Local Implementation Plans prepared by the TGLs, PPs started the elaboration of the LIPs and the Concept for Model Implementation Plan

was also developed. The 4th SG&TG meeting discussing the Local and Model Implementation Plans was held in Durham on 19-20.02.2014 and 5th SG&TG meeting was organized in Rome on 26-27.06.2014 focusing on final thematic and administrative tasks and the final conference.

The main thematic outputs of the project, the Local Implementation Plans and the Model Implementation Plan including policy recommendations have been prepared in the last reporting period and their outcomes as well as all main results of RENERGY have been disseminated on the Final Event held in Brussels (15-16.10.2014).

Representatives of knowledge partners (P2, P4, P8) took part in relevant thematic conferences where they presented the project and shared the project findings available. Also, they drafted scientific articles which were published in relevant thematic publications.

The project’s Final Evaluation has been conducted and it can be stated that the project has reached its objectives and closed successfully.


Institution, Town Country Region Contact details
Province of Potenza, POTENZA ITALY Basilicata +39-0971-417290
National Research Council of Italy - Istitute of Methodologies for Environmental Analysis, POTENZA ITALY Basilicata +39 0971 427280
City of Tulln, Tulln AUSTRIA Niederösterreich +43 (2272) 667-12-14
INTELI – Intelligence in Innovation, Innovation Centre, LISBOA PORTUGAL Lisboa +351 21 7112210
City of Worms, WORMS GERMANY Rheinhessen-Pfalz +49-6241-853-6102
Durham County Council, DURHAM UNITED KINGDOM Tees Valley and Durham 0044 3000 265536
The Association of Municipalities Polish Network “Energie Cités” (PNEC), Kraków POLAND Malopolskie 0048 12 429 17 93
Kaunas University of Technology, Kaunas LITHUANIA Lietuva +370 37 300767
Municipality of Avrig, Avrig ROMANIA Centru 40269523101
Sheffield City Council, Sheffield UNITED KINGDOM South Yorkshire +44 (0)114 2735304
Municipality of Slagelse, Slagelse DENMARK Sjælland + 45 58573373
Municipality of Szentes, Szentes HUNGARY Del-Alfold 3663510367
Building for the Future Ltd, Sheffield UNITED KINGDOM South Yorkshire 1623812956


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