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Fourth CGC meeting in Italy

On Friday, March 11, 2016, the fourth “RES HC SPREAD” workshop was held in Bologna (Emilia-Romagna Region Third Tower, Viale della Fiera 8, Poggioli Hall).

The workshop comes to an end of an intense participatory process, that, since 2014, has involved dozens of representatives of different energy stakeholder, discussing over the use of renewable sources for heating and cooling. Both from public and private sectors, (manufacturers ,professional, joint venture, environmental organizations) have participated in writing an agenda of 52 measures for the promotion and dissemination of renewable thermal energy in Emilia-Romagna region.

At the end of this participated path, which could steer up to 50% of total energy consumption, the data, maps, actions and resources have been presented in the workshop, confirming the basic characteristic of Emilia Romagna region being a place of participation and free discussion.

The European RES H / C SPREAD project gave effective support to the development of the regional energy plan.

Watch the workshop video below:

View the previous phases of the participatory process

The workshop was organized by Emilia-Romagna Region and Arpae, ISINNOVA, and with the contribution of ANCI, Ervet, Aster, SmartReflex and ENEA.

For more information, please contact: Francesca Lussu Tel. 051 5281219

Fourth CGC workshop in Bulgaria and ARM’s General Assembly

On 12th April 2016 the Fourth CGC workshop was held in Plovdiv. The event was organised by the Association of Rhodope Municipalities (ARM) and the Black Sea Energy Research Centre (BSERC).

During the RES-H-C SPREAD_4th Workshop_12-04-2016_Photo_3_ARMmeeting the regional plan was introduced to the participants. Important topics of discussion were the responsibilities of the authorities for the Plan implementation, the replicability of its methodology to the other regions and municipalities, and its dissemination to municipal energy experts outside the Plan’s coverage.

On 26th May 2016, in Smolyan, a meeting of ARM’s General Assembly took place. The Plan was presented, the upcoming actions to guarantee its execution were discussed, and the Plan was officially endorsed. On 25th and 31st May 2016 Councils on energy efficiency under the supervision of the Regional governors of Smolyan and Kardzhali respectively were held. Each council is composed of energy experts from the municipalities in the respective District.

Third CGC workshop in Bulgaria

RES H-C SPREAD_3rd CGC workshop_21-01-2016_Kardzhali_ARM_2On 21st January 2016, the third CGC workshop was held in the town of Kardzhali. Representatives of municipalities, district administrations, energy utilities, and energy agencies participated in the meeting, organised by the Association of Rhodope Municipalities and the Black Sea Energy Research Centre.

The participants discussed the final regional maps on the Heating energy demand, RES heating potential and their future exploitation. They also debated about the results of the cost-benefit analysis of different options for heating in residential buildings and the funding opportunities for investments in renewable energy projects. The participants were invited to discuss the objectives and measures foreseen for the implementation of the Regional heating plan of the Rhodope region until 2030.

Examples of good practices of RES heating and cooling from Greece, Austria, Italy, Latvia and Spain were presented to the CGC members.

Finally, presentations of Horizon 2020 projects BioRES and Bioenergy4business projects were delivered.  The local authorities showed interest and expressed their willingness to take part in the Logistic centres for biomass that would be established within BioRES.

Arpae presents its RES HC SPREAD heatmap in Bologna

RES-HC_Sunshine_img1 Arpae and other European experts were invited to present their activities and results on crucial topics like energy efficiency, the Internet of things, energy policies and energy open data, at the final conference for the EU project, SUNSHINE.

Arpae presented the results of RES HC SPREAD project: data, maps on demand, energy supply, renewable potential and environmental sensitivity maps, as well as the participation process that led to the establishment of a shared agenda for the development of renewable sources for heating and cooling.

RES-HC_Sunshine_img2SUNSHINE is a research project supported by the European Commission and dedicated to the development of innovative digital georeferenced services, which can support the energy efficiency of both cities and buildings. The geographic and territorial data represent the core of the project.

Integrating them with other sources (e.g climate data) is fundamental to locate and monitor building consumption and to estimate the real energy needs of the residential sector, while creating an ‘energy map’ at the urban scale, thus encouraging significant energy savings.

The Arpae presentation can be downloaded here.

Second CGC meeting in Latvia

2nd_CGC_Latvia1 The engineering consultancy company Ekodoma and the Riga Planning Region (RPR) held the second CGC meeting in the municipality of Salspils. The development of the Riga planning region energy plan has been discussed and a site visit to the wood chip boiler house was organized. The resulting regional energy plan will help municipalities introduce their own sustainable energy plans and promote the use of renewable energy in district heating.

Currently, each municipality has a different approach to energy planning and using renewable energy for heating purposes in their municipalities. The regional energy plan will guide municipalities in their energy planning work. The development of the regional energy plan is ongoing and will be completed in 2016.

2nd_CGC_Latvia2Energy planning experts and persons in charge of district heating in municipalities attended the meeting to discuss the regional energy plan’s content and methodologies for mapping heating demand and supply options. During the same meeting, municipalities had the opportunity to learn about the experience of the municipality of Salaspils in the field of energy planning and energy management. The district heating company presented their involvement in building renovation projects, where district heating company acts as an ESCO. In addition, a tour of the newly built wood chip district heating plant was organised for all participants.

Second CGC Workshop in Bulgaria

2nd CGC Workshop in BulgariaOn September 24, 2015, the Association of Rhodope Municipalities and the Black Sea Energy Research Centre organised the second Bulgarian CGC meeting, which took place in the city of Plovdiv. Representatives of municipal and district administrations, energy suppliers, energy agencies as well as other CGC members participated in the event and discussed the work done on the project so far and the opportunities to increase the application of the results achieved.

The Bulgarian partners on the project are currently developing a plan for heating from renewable energy for the Rhodope region. All data has been collected and is nearly done being analysed.

GIS maps have been created, indicating:

  • Annual energy consumption for heating in residential buildings and energy consumption forecasts for 2025, 2030 and 2050;
  • Annual energy consumption for water heating in the residential sector;
  • Biomass energy potential;
  • Geothermal energy potential;
  • Municipal buildings with larger energy consumption in selected towns.

The use of geo-referenced data allows the inclusion of the results in numerous calculations and their optimization, if further updates are needed. This would support the energy planning of local and regional administrations.

Three cost-benefit analyses have been carried out:

  • Heating solutions in the residential sector;
  • District heating by geothermal energy – the case of the municipality of Zlatograd;
  • The heating of municipal buildings – the case of the municipality of Chepelare.

The results of the aforementioned analyses and the related software tools will help identify the best heating solutions.

In January 2016, the 3rd CGC workshop will be held to discuss the draft regional plan and, specifically, the measures needed to achieve the plan’s targets.

First CGC workshop in Italy

Italy-1stCGCThe first Italian regional focus group, led by Arpa Emilia-Romagna, was organized in December 2014 in Bologna. More than 40 national and regional key stakeholders within the energy sector attended this important event.

The meeting also facilitated a effective synergies between RES H/C SPREAD and another European project, “SmartReflex” (coordinated by Ambiente Italia), which aims to increase the diffusion of smart and flexible district heating and cooling (DHC) systems, based on sharing of renewable energy sources (RES). The purpose of the meeting was not merely to make the aims of the projects known, but also to share and discuss the proposed technical solutions and reach consensus on the measures envisaged. The main theme of the meeting was the development of a positive vision of renewable energy by the year 2030 in the Emilia-Romagna region. Participants were then asked to do an advanced future projection exercise, imagining the year 2030, and to describe a positive and desirable energy situation.

Each actor involved played a role (different from their real roles) in one of the identified four groups (administrators, citizens, nonprofit entities, for-profit enterprises) describing the renewable energy situation for heating and cooling, positive aspects, available instruments/tools and success indicators. This role-playing game was used to collect and discuss the main ideas and objectives of the different stakeholders involved. In this way it was possible to create a useful dialogue among people with different expertise and experiences. A substantial convergence of ideas and goals emerged for the future of RES H/C and for more sustainable development.

First CGC workshop in Western Macedonia Region - Greece

First CGC workshop in Western Macedonia Region - Greece

Fifteen stakeholders participated in the first CGC workshop, providing valuable insights on the three discussed objectives. Specifically, the analyzed objectives and the obtained outcomes are presented in the following points:

Objective 1: Specification of potential needs, problems, and expectations with regard to regional heating and cooling systems and services.

First, the mapping of utilized energy sources for heating and cooling was introduced, specifying that the district heating, biomass and oil products are the dominant fuels in the final consumption sectors. Moreover, the potential of biomass can be characterized as high, while various factors hamper the further penetration of biomass for heating, such as the absence of the necessary legal framework for the further exploitation of forest and residual biomass, illegal logging, steep topology, etc. Furthermore, district heating is expected to maintain its important role for the fulfillment of heating demand, while further penetration of district heating is hindered by the lack of a robust legal framework regarding the sale of the thermal energy produced and the absence of financial mechanisms for the extension of the existing district heating grid.

Objective 2: Description of the future situation in terms of their environmental, functional, and economic aspects and measures/policies to be implemented.

First CGC workshop in Western Macedonia Region - Greece

The main axes regarding the evolution of heating and cooling in the future should be based both on the further extension of the existing district heating network and the development of local district heating grids with biomass. Moreover, further exploitation of district heating can be fulfilled with the promotion of co-firing of lignite with biomass, while solar thermal can support the utilization of biomass for district heating. Woodchips and pellets should have a dominant role during the development of the heating plans. The most important criterion for the development of the heating and cooling plans should be the degree of energy poverty and its potential alleviation, while various other social and environmental criteria should be taken into account.

Objective 3: Identification of available data sources and procedures for data collection.

Finally, all the available information needs to be collected, focusing mainly on the implemented financing programs and the results of the pilot programs in the region.

Concluding the development of heating and cooling plans in the region of Western Macedonia is rather challenging, as the high heating demand must be fulfilled taking into consideration the unique economic and societal characteristics of the local population. The RES potential can be considered high and it is essential that it be combined with the existing district heating network. Finally, the upcoming development of heating and cooling plans will gather the interest of the local and regional authorities, who have understood the developmental prospects of this undertaking and will support their development and implementation, fulfilling specific conditions.

First CGC workshop in Bulgaria

Bulgaria-1stCGCThe first CGC workshop was held in the town of Smolyan on 30.01.2015. There were 24 participants representing municipalities and districts within Rhodope region, the Ministry of Energy, the Sustainable Energy Development Agency, energy agencies, utilities, and others. After the presentation of each participant, the RES H/C SPREAD project and the objectives of the meeting were presented. An introductory session on RES H/C topics, including national policy, potential, utilization technologies, and similar projects followed. Finally, the participants discussed potential problems and needs in Rhodope region, expectations for H/C in the region, future developments, data, data sources, and other planning issues.

Some of the main conclusions from the meeting were:

  • The plan needs to address the improvement of the current inefficient and polluting biomass utilization in individual (primitive) stoves through introduction of efficient biomass heating (individual, local, district heating) options.
  • The biomass and geothermal energy potential needs to be mapped and a cost-benefit analysis of concrete biomass and geothermal energy applications needs to be conducted.
  • Planning priorities need to be related to available financing.
  • The plan needs to consider the customer opinions and information measures need to be part of the plan.