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Third "RES H/C SPREAD" Country Governance Committee meeting

On June 8, 2016, RES H/C project experts as well as representatives from municipalities and the Ministry of Economy met for the third Country Governance Committee meeting, where the Riga Planning Region (RPR) district heating development programme (RES H/C Plan) was presented and discussed.

Presentation by Ministry of Economy
Presentation by Ministry of Economy

I. Brieze, the RES H/C SPREAD Project partner from the Riga Planning Region opened the meeting and updated partners on RES H/C project activities. The first part of the meeting started with a presentation from A.Pētersone, the Head of Energy Efficiency of the Ministry of Economy to introduce partners to the newest developments in energy planning and the new law on energy efficiency. The role of municipalities in energy planning and energy management was discussed.

The meeting was continued with the presentation from R.Cimdiņš, Head of Development Planning division of the Riga Planning Region. The main questions discussed were how the RPR district heating plan (RES H/C Plan) developed will be integrated into the regional development planning documents and how the plan could be used by regional municipalities. A. Kamenders from Ekodoma presented and discussed questions regarding future challenges and future development of district heating in RPR municipalities. The discussion was organized around implementation of district heating development programme in the municipalities of the Riga Planning Region, which is an important condition for its completion and implementation.

Discussion of RES H/C plan
Discussion of RES H/C plan

During the CGC meeting it was decided that the Regional Plan would be submitted and edited by an energy expert from the Union of Local Governments of Latvia. In addition, the Regional Plan will be sent to development planning specialists of RPR for final comments. The Regional Res Plan will be endorsed by the Riga Planning Region Development Council (consisting of Chairpersons of the Riga region’s 30 municipalities).

The Riga Planning Region, in cooperation with Ekodoma Ltd., have implemented the EU “Intelligent Energy Europe” programme’s “RES H/C Spread” project. This is being developed within the project energy planning guidelines for the Riga Planning Region. Their purpose is to identify and use the EU-wide best practices in renewable energy for heating and cooling, as well to achieve good practices in the transposition of regional planning documents. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Intelligent Energy Europe programme. The project is being implemented from April 1, 2014 to August 30, 2016.

Presentations

Energy planning and role of municipalities
A.Pētersone, Head of Energy Efficiency Division, Renewable energy resources and energy efficiency
Department of the Ministry of Economy
Read the presentation (in Latvian)

Development planning documents of Riga Planning Region – thematic action programms and energy planning solutions
R.Cimdiņš, Head of Development planning division
Riga Planning Region
Read the presentation (in Latvian)

Challenges and opportunities of a centralized heating system in municipalities. Regional heating development action programme
A.Kamenders, Executive Director
Ekodoma
Read the presentation (in Latvian)

Final Conference on the Energy sector today and tomorrow

In order to facilitate development of sustainable district heating, and discuss potential development scenarios and needed policies, a national RES H/C conference was organized on 12 May 2016 in Riga, Latvia. More than 100 participants attended, representing the biggest energy utility companies, representatives from ministries, parliament, municipalities, energy agencies, NGOs, universities and associations.

The conference has been divided into several parts, starting with plenary sessions and presentation from Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development, The European Commission Representation in Latvia, Ministry of Economics, Latvian association of local and regional government, Latvian Association of district heating companies and Ekodoma. After that participants have spited in three parallel sessions were three interlinked question have been discussed. First parallel session was dedicated to question on future of district heating systems, second parallel session was discussing energy performance contracting and third energy planning issues in municipalities. After discussions in parallel session, second plenary sessions in form of discussion was organized. In the plenary representatives from Riga Technical University, Latvian Association of Heat Enterprises, Daugavpils city Council, Salaspils municipality, ESCO company and member of the Parliament were reflecting on main conclusions from parallel sessions and discussing main challenges associated with development of sustainable district heating. Conference was finished with networking activities.

In Latvia district heating is widely used and overall district heating presents potential to utilize low quality energy sources, integrate flexible renewable resources, improve air quality, improve overall system efficiency and possibilities to use excess electricity produced from renewable. To utilize those all different possibilities district heating system should be developed and investments planned in advance.  But taking into account that residential sector is the main energy consumer and majority of the Latvian building stock needs to be renovated it is possible that energy demand for heating will drop dramatically. When heating sales are dropping development of new services like energy efficiency service are extremely important. Participants have discussed about new methods for determination of inefficient costs and motivational tools for raising energy efficiency. There is still potential for fuel switch projects and use of RES like biomass, solar or geothermal energy.

It was agreed that in longer perspective district heating companies should develop 4th generation district heating technologies and systems, increase flexibility to permit utilization surplus heat.

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.

First Latvian CGC meeting

Latvia - 1st CGC meetingThe first CGC meeting was hosted by RPR (Riga Planning Region) in Riga, Latvia on 29 January 2015.

The Head of Administration of the Riga Planning Region welcomed the participants and presented the agenda and the meeting’s main objectives. Representatives from all partners confirmed their presence at the meeting, after which they briefly introduced themselves, presenting their background and organization.

The meeting started with a presentation from the Ministry of the Economy, Department of RES and Energy Efficiency, dedicated to general energy policy and the latest developments in the field of municipal energy planning.

Experience from involvement in the Covenant of Mayors was presented by Riga City Energy Agency. CGC members discussed how SEAPs could be used for energy planning.

RES H/C SPREAD project partners from Ekodoma and RPR continued with an introduction of the project: the idea, background, concept, main objectives and outputs. The planned mapping exercise, the development of a plan for the Riga region, the methodology, process, activities and stakeholder involvement were then discussed in detail. Currently, municipal energy plans are optional, but a new energy law is being developed and soon energy plans for big municipalities will be compulsory. Therefore, the Ministry of the Economy supports planned activities regarding the development of a regional plan for the Riga Planning Region. Energy supply and demand mapping examples were presented and discussed. Power point presentations of all work packages were given. All presentations from the meeting were later sent out to participants.

There were 25 participants, representing:

  • The administrative head of the region (1 person)
  • Development specialists (10 persons)
  • Municipal energy enterprises/units/energy specialists (7 persons)
  • National interests (the Ministry of the Economy) (2 persons)
  • The project team (3 persons)
  • Other energy experts (2 persons)

More information in Latvian

'RES H/C Spread' Project Launched

On 10 April 2014, the first meeting of the ‘RES H/C Spread’ project took place at ISIS, in Rome (Italy). Coordinated by ISIS, the newly launched project aims at defining regional plans for a better use of renewable energies for both heating and cooling, focusing on 6 pilot Regions across Europe: Castilla y Leon (Spain), Emilia Romagna (Italy), Riga Region (Latvia), Rodophe (Bulgaria), Western Macedonia (Greece) and Saltsburg Region (Austria). Selected Regions represent different climate zones of Europe, in view of developing best practices and methodologies as extendible as possible to other European areas.

One of the project’s first tasks will be constituting Country Governance Committees (CGCs) in each region, in order to support the plans’ implementation and to help reach consensus between regional authorities, key stakeholders and citizens representatives. Following a participatory approach, the project wants to enable dialogue of all actors involved. To this end, the project has established country’s leaders, responsible for interacting with their CGCs, managing regional RES H/C plans and disseminating the project at local level. During the kick-off meeting, each country’s leader illustrated the possible composition of its own Country Governance Committee, highlighting potential challenges as well as ways to face them. Moreover, the project has just launched a new website, providing information on the project’s goals, next steps and deliverables.

The project is currently launching a survey, inviting stakeholders in the field of energy to identify good practice examples of effective measures and strategies for the promotion of renewables heating and cooling policies in their country or elsewhere.

The completion of the questionnaire should not take more than 10 to 15 minutes of your time! All the data you provide will be treated with confidentiality and not be circulated to anybody.

Click here to take the survey