C4_PuB2: AURA-EE mentoring on Citizen Financing and Energy Saving Certificates for Public Buildings

This group, under the mentorship of Patrick Biard from the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Energy Agency, focused on exploring the citizen and community financing and energy savings certificates schemes successfully developed in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (development steps, lessons learned, pitfalls etc.). +Mentors' Corner

Step 1: getting started - This group, under the mentorship of Patrick Biard from the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Energy Agency, focused on exploring the citizen and community financing and energy savings certificates schemes successfully developed in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (development steps, lessons learned, pitfalls etc.). On the 27th of January 2020 the group met online for the first time for an overview of the experience of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Energy Agency with energy communities and energy savings certificates. Patrick presented the “centrales villageoises” cooperative model they developed which focuses on building «community investment projects» for the local production of RES. The mentor also presented they use energy savings certificates for the retrofitting of public buildings as well as sustainable mobility initiatives in the fight against fuel poverty. The mentees were: Chrysoula Larda from Meligalas, Greece (organization: municipality of Oichalia); Paddy Phelan from Kilkenny, Ireland (organization: 3 Counties Energy Agency); Marcin Łojek from the Pałecznica Municipality, Poland; Benjamin Godfroy from Strasbourg, France (organization: Région Grand Est).

Step 2: working together - On the 13th of February 2020, the mentor and the mentees met again to start assessing in more detail the needs the specific contexts in each region of the mentees. Paddy from Ireland presented their project of developing energy communities over the next 3 years. The first challenge for them is setting the legal framework for the community, the financial scheme and setting a specific governance structure. From the French region of Grand Est the group a had a presentation of the GECLER network that focuses on connecting citizen-led initiatives in the region, helping them on governance, financing and developing their RES projects. The mentee also presented the Oktave one stop shop that also usesu energy certificates to fund projects. The mentee from the polish municipality Pałecznica presented their own projects focusing particularly on PV and heatpumps for public buildings. From Greece, the municipality of Oichalia with their adhesion to the Covenant of Mayors wish to increase their sustainable energy utilization for their economic development and to achieve their CO2 reduction goal.

The next step will focus on in depth training on citizen-community financing and discussion on valorisation of energy savings certification.

Replication/Transferability

The 4th and last Step of the Programme includes an online session dedicated to the assessment and evaluation of the peer learning activities.

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