How to convert a SEAP into renewable energy investments?
Energiaklub Climate Policy Institute&Applied Communications organised the third technical workshop within the „Towards 100% RES communities” project in March 2014. Our partners at the event were the South Transdanubian Regional Development Agency, Community Energy Scotland and Dumfries&Galloway Council. These four organisations have been cooperating very effectively since 2012, the beginning of the project.
The third technical workshop aimed at presenting the joint SEAP of the 16 Hungarian municipalities and discussing the possibilities of the implementation of the proposed actions. Further goals were to deepen the cooperation between the stakeholders of the two regions and to exchange experiences about best practice examples in the field of community RES investments.
The Scottish delegation Simon McKinney(Community Energy Scotland), Ian Carruthers and Chris Wood-Gee (both Dumfries&Galloway Council) presented territorial planning and the progress of the project in Dumfries and Galloway, as well as projects implemented and planned by the participating municipalities. The representatives of the experienced territory also provided consultancy for the members of local authorities taking part in the project
Participants of the workshop were mostly representatives of the 16 Hungarian municipalities developing a joint SEAP within the project. These municipalities are all part of a LEADER Local Action Group (containing 46 local authorities) but only started to cooperate on energy issues in 2013. The workshop was held in Hosszúhetény, one of the communities taking part in the SEAP elaboration. The SEAP of these communities was developed by Energiaklub in strong cooperation with the officers of the LEADER LAG. The results of this common work were presented at the workshop. The local authorities do not content theirself with having a SEAP in their hands, they are determined to implement the planned measures. The LEADER LAG submitted an application for a grant in cooperation with Energiaklub. Their project aims at implementing one energy efficiency or RES investment in a public building of each community and organising trainings for municipality employees. The 16 planned investments were also presented at the workshop. Finally, participants were showed the RES systems already operating in the town of Hosszúhetény.