100% renewable energy can be reached! Let’s build positive energy territories, together

100% renewable energy can be reached! Let’s build positive energy territories, together

Jacky Aignel, President of Community of Councils of Le Mené, kicks off the Positive Energy Territories network in June 2011, during the first national conference on "Energy and rural communities, towards positive energy territories".

Published by Yannick Régnier on 2014. 09. 09.

Last Thursday, Segolène Royal presented the call for initiatives “200 positive energy territories for green growth” defined by the Ministry of Economy. The tender specifications have just been published. What do the positive energy territories think of it?

One definition: 100% renewable energy and local development!

The appearance of the concept of positive energy territory, in the article one of the bill testifies of the importance given to the development and implementation of ambitious local energy transition strategies by the Minister of Energy. But we must be clear regarding the definition: the target is 100% renewable and an approach favourable to local development!” warns Jacky Aignel, president of the President of the Community of Councils of Mené and founder of the network of Positive energy territories.

Since June 2011, the network of Positive energy territories (TEPOS) unites the rural territories aiming to reach an optimum reduction of energy needs, through restraint and efficiency in the use of energy, and to meet these needs with local renewable energies. More than 40 territories have already committed to this process. They meet together each year for the national meeting grouping over 300 participants. This year, the fourth edition is to be held on September 24 to 26 at Mimizan!

No need to reinvent the wheel

The Ministry plans to assist the territories: national club, regional community network, labeling processes, etc… All of this already exists!” is the surprised reaction of Yannick Régnier, a TEPOS network manager. “The Ministry must provide active support for existing national and territorial dynamics, to boost their efficiency. Rather than reinventing the wheel and sowing confusion... We are obviously open to dialog and coconstruction”.

One example: the European certification of positive energy territories, established and jointly shared between 10 European countries, among which, Germany, Austria and and Italy: already allows us to identify the territories involved in a transition to efficient energy. This certification is a sign of quality, guaranteed by the patented brand “TEPOS Positive energy territories.”

We are convinced of the relevance of a call for initiatives to facilitate the involvement of territories. Some have already existed for several years, following the initiative of the Regions and the ADEME,stressesJean-Marc Bouvier, Vice-President of the Community of Councils of the Val de Drôme. “In our experience, the most efficient solution is to support the councils over a number of years, based on a political commitment to achieve 100% renewable energy. After a launch period, our energy energy strategies will bear their fruit: the projects and actions carried out will indeed generate new income, economies and employment throughout our territories.”

Capacitation of the rural territories

The involvement of rural territories is necessary to achieve the national legally fixed targets. They must be the main recipients, through time, of the “TEPOS” aid provided.Tomorrow, the rural territories will supply renewable energy to the towns, in a approach based on territorial cohesion, as they supply them with food today. The urban zones cannot achieve 100% renewable energy alone,” adds Michel Maya, the Mayor of Tramayes and co-president of the CLER. “For towns, planning the future therefore means breaking away from equality and moving towards solidarity with the rural areas that do not have as many financial resources."

Press Contacts

  • Yannick REGNIER – TEPOS network manager, +33, yannick.regnier@cler.org
  • Raphaël CLAUSTRE – Director of the CLER, +33, raphael.claustre@cler.org
  • Guillaume MACIEL – Communication officer, +33, guillaume.maciel@cler.org