OÖ Energiesparverband (ESV) mentoring in PROSPECT Learning Cycle 3

+Mentors' Corner

Energy efficiency improvement measures often require significant upfront investments. In many cases, Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) can offer a solution to overcome this obstacle. A well-functioning contracting market can contribute to achieving significant increase in energy efficiency and long-term energy and cost savings. Upper Austria was the first region to implement a dedicated programme to overcome barriers of Energy Contracting market development.

The regional government started its first programme for EPC market development in 1998.

The programme supports energy efficiency projects and investments in renewable energy technologies in the public and business sectors. The key to the programme's success is the combination of a strong supporting facilitation service (information & advice services offered by the regional energy agency) and a financial incentive offered by the regional government. Overall, this has led to a functional and well developed EPC market in Upper Austria with many EPC projects implemented each year. More than 200 contracting projects were supported (about 100 in municipalities, 50 in companies and 50 in institutions), with a total investment of around 65 million Euros. In Upper Austria more than 30 ESCOs offer services in the region.

The mentor ESV presented how EPC has found its place in the portfolio of sustainable energy solutions in Upper Austria.The learning activities officially started on the 25th of June 2019 (Step 1)

Overall, this has led to a functional and well developed Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) market in Upper Austria with many EPC projects implemented each year. More than 200 contracting projects were supported (about 100 in municipalities, 50 in companies and 50 in institutions), with a total investment of around 65 million €. For example, in the Municipality of Gunskirchen the following savings were achieved: 78,300 kWh of electricity, 12,500 € of electricity costs, 28,000 € of maintenance costs, as well as a CO2 emission reduction of 36 tons.

During Step 2 of the Learning Programme, a second online session took place on the 18th of July 2019 and Mentee representatives had the opportunity to present their own projects, pointing out their special needs as well as the respective sectors in which they intended to gain knowledge and experience.


The Mentees will visit ESV in Upper Austria to learn about EPC in public lighting

Step 3 includes the physical meeting, where representatives from all the participating cities and regions will have the chance to talk in detail about all the stages of their project and become more familiar with clean energy best practices via targeted site visits. The visit is programmed for the 27th and 28th of November 2019.


Replication/Transferability

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

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