Project Details

Title: Renewable Energy Regions Network
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 2010 - 31st Mar 2013


Total budget: €2,095,359.85
ERDF contribution: €1,646,507.20

Lead partner

Federal State of Schleswig-Holstein
Düsternbrooker Weg 94
24105, Kiel

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    • Contact Person: Wolfgang Schulz
      Phone: +49 431-988-4272
      Fax: +49 431-988-6174272

Project summary

RENREN grew out of a collaboration of 6 core regions concerned to play their part in global climate action and security of energy supply, and seeking to improve regional policy-making to nurture renewable energy sources (RES). They signed a Charter to this effect in April 2007. To develop an EU-wide partnership and spread the learning benefits of RENREN further, it was decided in 2008 that new members should be approached and funding sought via INTERREG IVC to optimally coordinate RENREN exchanges.


The overall objective of RENREN is the improvement of regional policies in a way that existing regional frameworks are optimized with regard to fostering and strengthening RES, in particular

• enabling the network's key regional governmental bodies to exchange their experiences

• establishing strategic cooperation related to new approaches, projects, and solutions and thus ensuring the transfer of the findings into regional RES-policies

RENREN is well-balanced geographically and regarding different levels of experience. The partners have either strong expertise and/or commitment to one or more RES. There are expert regions in wind power (Schleswig-Holstein, Navarre), solarthermal/photovoltaic (Cyprus, Navarre), biomass (Styria, Jämtland), geothermal (Westfjords), ocean energy (Wales), and hydropower (Styria, Jämtland), as well as learning regions (Lodz, Ustí, Timis, Central Macedonia, North Hungary). All regions will benefit from the knowledge-sharing because of the breadth of the partnership and themes to be addressed in 3 working groups (WG): WG1: Wind, ocean, hydropower; WG 2: Geothermal, biomass; WG 3: Solarthermal, photovoltaic.


Each WG member will contribute to a best practice knowledge-base and a review of policy actions in these cross-cutting topics: 1.Strategic Planning for RES at regional level; 2. Permits & compliance; 3. Fostering job market development, RTD & innovation; 4. Finance & incentives.

Main events are: Kick-off & closing conferences, 6 six-monthly workshops around Europe with 6 press conferences, 8 on-site visits, 3 additional communication & dissemination events.


Outputs & results: a. Policy recommendations to aid all partners and other EU regions to optimise their policy frameworks to achieve or go beyond their stated renewable energy targets, thus contributing to EU climate change action. b. database of best practices and activity plan for future exchange


In particular, the policy recommendations will be drawn up over regular interregional workshops and the interim work undertaken by partners on policies, practices and potential. All this will be drawn together in whole-network plenaries and rationalised into recommendations and RES targets for two stages of RES development. In 8 on-site visits, the project partners have the opportunity to identify best practices and to intensify their relationships laying the basis for further bi- or multilateral exchange.

Project achievements

The RENREN project aimed at identifying policy choices to improve regional frameworks for renewable energy expansion. 14 regional authorities and organizations from across Europe jointly explored the enabling conditions for RES which a region can influence

and manage.To this end, the RENREN partners collected their ownGood Practice case studies and explored whether they could be transferred to other regions. This was done with reference to four major fields of political/administrative action, covering all major renewables technologies: wind power, solar energy (thermal and photovoltaic), hydro power, ocean energy, geothermal energy and biomass.

The partners identified more than 50 Good Practice examples and a good number of bottlenecks. Based on these, the RENREN network designed a comprehensive set of Policy Recommendations intending to support regional governments in further developing their own

RES oriented policies. These recommendations are addressed to “learning regions” as well as to “experienced regions”. They are not only about RES as such and how to develop best a regional energy & climate strategy. They also underline that RES may help

advance a region’s economy by creating jobs and driving innovation. This work was underpinned by a Comparative Analysis on framework conditions and measures at the each of the partner regions. This analysis comprises basic regional RES data as well as existing potential and decision-making powers.


Additionally, a regional “Renewable Energy Monitoring Tool” was developed, a data-based IT tool allowing analysis of progress and a comparison of RES status across the partners. The results of the RENREN project were presented at the Final Project Conference, held in Brussels at the Committee of the Regions on 18 October 2012. In the “RENREN Declaration”, presented at this Conference, the network’s longer term commitment to facilitating the deployment of RES through pro-active regional level measures was set out. All Partners agreed to continue working for the RENREN network. By nature, this will happen at lower level than during the project phase - without the frame set and the financial means provided by the INTERREG IV C programme. In the longer run, the partners will reflect on whether and how best a new project application may be prepared in order to continue and further specify the ambitious work of the current RENREN project.




Institution, Town Country Region Contact details
Federal State of Schleswig-Holstein, Kiel GERMANY Schleswig-Holstein +49 431-988-4272
Welsh Government, Cardiff UNITED KINGDOM East Wales +442082 5499
Region of Jämtland (changed name to: Regionalförbundet Jämtlands län), Östersund SWEDEN Mellersta Norrland +46 705870241
The Association of municipalities in the Westfjords, Isafjordur OTHER +354 450 3001
Cyprus Institute of Energy, Nicosia CYPRUS Kypros / Kibris +357 22 606039
Government of Navarra - Department of Economy, Finance, Industry and Employment, Pamplona SPAIN Comunidad Foral de Navarra 0034 848 42 79 34
REGIONAL ENERGY AGENCY OF CASTILLA Y LEON, León SPAIN Castilla y León +34 987-84.07.62
Energy Commission of Styria, Graz AUSTRIA Steiermark +43 316 877 4554
Pays de la Loire region, Nantes FRANCE Pays de la Loire + 33 228 20 54 46
The Agency for Social and Economic Development of Timis County, Timişoara ROMANIA Vest 00 40 256 494 131
Marshal's Office of the Lodzkie Region, Łódź POLAND Lodzkie +48 42 291 98 45
Ústí Region, Ústí nad Labem CZECH REPUBLIC Severozapad +420 603 192 615
Decentralised Administration of Macedonia-Thrace (DAMT), Thessaloniki GREECE Kentriki Makedonia +30 2310 403 001
Andalusian Energy Agency, SEVILLA- ESPAÑA SPAIN Andalucía + 34 95 478 63 35/ +34 955 89 06 60,
Bay Zoltán Nonprofit Ltd., Miskolctapolca HUNGARY Eszak-Magyarorszag +36 46 560 141
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