Steps towards 100% renewable energy at local level in Europe

Steps towards 100% renewable energy at local level in Europe
Published by Isabelle Meiffren on 31/03/2015

The methodological guidelines titled "Steps towards 100% renewable energy at local level in Europe" have just been issued ! Pragmatic, practical, they aim at providing basic advice and feedback from the ground on the development and implementation on joint energy action plans.



Communities ahead in the energy transition

Enhanced in 2014, the energy and climate goals for 2030 of the European Union require the mobilization of everyone, everywhere. In a dynamic set to intensify rural territories, as well as cities, the communities have a major role to play. As the principal trustees of renewable resource deposits, they are the vanguard of the energy transition. Their strengths? Wind and water in abundance (very often), the sun of course, biomass - agricultural, forest, woodland, domestic, food processing - geothermal energy.

With the desire to make this renewable capital live, it made some decide to take or regain control of the energy issue, reduce their energy bills and those of their inhabitants. Attracted by the opportunity to revitalize local economies and rural communes (alone or in groups) they are more likely to want to become 100% RES.

But how to move from intention to action when faced with the lack of knowledge, or means, or when you feel too small to act?

Guidelines for a pragmatic and practical approach

It is to assist you in developing your energy policy that this guide was written. Pragmatic, practical, it brings together the return on experience from partners and communities involved in 100% RES Communities project. For three years, elected representatives from rural areas, some experienced and some less, together with experts from 10 countries in Europe, have sought the best organizational, technical and financial means to reduce consumption and produce renewable energy. If because of the administrative, cultural, economic differences within the Union, all the territories do not enjoy the same facilities, the 100% RES Communities project has defined pragmatic methods, practices and tools which will make your work easier! You will find in this guide the key steps in defining your strategy and building your action plan. This is a feasible action plan to be shared and implemented with the stakeholders.

A final note: because it is within networks that we discover new solutions, which can replenish the practices and provide a forum in which the results can be evaluated, this guide encourages you firstly to participate in professional networks, and secondly, to join the European Covenant of Mayors.